Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Deal with it
God loves you, and there is nothing you can do about that!
A Theology of Merit
I see it every day
I see it in so many ways
We have decided, somewhere, somehow
That some people are worthy
And some people are not
Worthiness is defined in so many ways
The list goes on and on and on and on and on.
And we just quickly and harshly
That person deserves care, or love, or forgiveness
Or they do not
That person is worth allowing in our country
That person is worthy giving help,
That person is worth respecting
It is amazing to me how insidious the process is
By which we choose whether to value another person or not
They support Trump! Not valued
The are a libtard who doesn’t support Trump
They are black, brown
Non English speaking
It is almost a national pastime to decide who we believe should get health care
Or food stamps
Or be accepted within our borders
But is the discussion really about worth?
Or is it a discussion about fear, and greed, and other weighty things
I don’t want that brown person to get help
Because they are “undeserving” and keep some “deserving” white person from getting what they should get (it is doubtful that one person getting help precludes another needy person from getting what they want, but that is how the thinking goes)
Undeserving perhaps, really means different
And fairness is racism and elitism, and dominionism in disguise.
We play this game at so many levels
There are white collar versions. I deserve that promotion, she doesn’t
I deserve what I earn, because I am smart and powerful and its might right
But those people at McDonalds don’t deserve a living wage
It is pervasive
And Jesus saw it
So many people who are spiritual awake have seen it
It’s not just wrong
And it is anti- Jesus
Even though we try to dress it in the clothing of religion
Right now the least Christian part of the American populace is the Christian right!
Really, I mean it!
Jesus was not ambiguous. (Luke 14:21)
“So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.” (Luke 13:29) “And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.”
The table of grace is open for business
All are welcome
There is no theology of merit