Thursday, August 24, 2017
Of Jesus & Jefferson
Holy Scripture speaks. Clearly. Succinctly.
Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness...
(God, Genesis 1:26)
I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism...
(St. Peter, Acts 10:34)
Kingdom values: EACH and EVERY ONE of us is made in your image, and you don't play favorites...which birthed the American ideal "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." (Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence)
But Lady Liberty's limbs seem weak and brittle of late. We are a nation that nurses its grudges, bereft of tolerance and optimism.
We are intent on reliving the Civil War - that my forbears lost 152 years ago.
We deny the lingering damage of slavery and American apartheid - that spanned three and a half centuries.
We rebut current day discrimination in policing and criminal sentencing - that has devastated families and communities of color.
All the while, resentment, meanness and disrespect are unleashed on social media. Hope and grace wane.
Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long. Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.
Holy Spirit, unleash the mighty wind, the tongues like fire. (Acts 2:2-3, KJV) Fill your people with hope and grace that we might rise up to defend your cause - in love. Amen.