Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Justice and Outrage

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected
  are as outraged as those who are.”
                                            Benjamin Franklin

It is not all about me
It is not all about you
It is not all about America

Some of the most devastating words ever uttered might well be

“me first”
“America first”

Essential selfishness is a lovely short term fix
Where I get what I want
And that is all that matters

But in the sacred design
We are connected, one to the other
We are like a body, with parts so intertwined and connected
That if something is wrong with one part, all parts are affected

The definitive word in the divine thesaurus
Is not “me”, it is “we”

When we seek benefit
We all must benefit
As we struggle to move to a place of safety or affluence
We must all get there

No one can be left behind

So what does it mean when we are willing to shame and abandon the poor?
What does it mean when we are willing to minimize women?
What does it mean when we are willing to silence the voices of people who just happened to be black?
What does it means when we are willing to clutch our power and wealth to ourselves
And leave so many others behind?

It means we have been willing to abandon many important things
Such as justice
Not to mention compassion, and generosity
Kindness an acceptance

Some guy named Jesus once wondered,
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

What happens when we leave goodness and justice behind?
What happens to our hearts, our souls?
They wither

And we become incapable of speaking out!
We become incapable of making the decisions that lead to justice

Instead of helping to usher in the way, the Kingdom of God
We create a hell of our own making

Responding in love to those around us
Responding with love to the challenges that face us
Sometimes demands the outrage of love

A fire in the belly
That simply says “This cannot be!
This harm that is being done to that person
That one there,
Who may be of a different faith
Who may be a different color
Who may be of a different social class than I

This harm cannot be allowed
This injustice
Cannot stand”

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