Recent events have caused me to repost this, because it seems right now, we live in a senseless and unaware world, in which lives (especially black lives in this country) are taken easily, in which we gloat over murdering world leaders, rape charges are minimized for the elite, in which 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014..and the list goes on..what we are seeing is the result of a world that is out of balance. In which fear outweighs compassion, money overrules human rights and in which the very planet we live on is treated as disposable.
I do not see change coming from the top..as a matter of fact it never really starts there…we may want it to, but the infrastructure that supports our leaders is made up of fear and greed. It is built on a foundation of that…our history was written by those who dominated while many other voices were drowned out. Now as some of those voices seek to be heard, our reaction is often to turn the other way, deny..as if what is said is a direct condemnation of our lives…when indeed it offers the opportunity for redemption. The reaction is often to dim or extinguish the light or silence the voice, rather than welcome what it illuminates.
We are not post racism…post discrimination…post hate…because we are not post fear. The answer is not in one more Starbucks, the creation of a new reality show, or indeed, even the promises made to get elected. We cannot afford more wars, more walls, more weapons, more greed..it is that simple. The seeds of war bloom over generations…
I hear and read of the fears and isolation that people are feeling right now.. and on my worse days, I go there as well. It is a crowded space right now.
We need to create spaces of hope. To build places in which people can congregate to build compassion. Many of our churches have lost this vision, in search of worldly gains..or not all are welcome at the table. We need a new table that welcomes all.
“Alone, we are isolated, open to persecution, abuse, violence and our own pain. Together, we are a powerful force of people, who have, despite any reason to tell us otherwise, remained with some particle of hope, some seed of a compassionate world..together we are undeniably strong..and they know that.”