in the midst of a raging health and racial crisis, off the heels of an ongoing sexual harassment awakening, refugee crisis, and environmental emergency, i’m constantly shocked by the lack of care.. by people focusing on their own success, protection, rights, and wellness above “the least of these.” i’ve heard excuses as to why families should be held in cages when escaping life threatening violence, guns should be allowed in schools with no restrictions to their access, confederate flags should fly, protestors of racially motivated murder should be attacked and illegally detained, masks shouldn’t be worn because it infringes personal rights and science can’t be trusted. i could go on. if you internally scoffed at any of those topics, ask yourself why you’re refusing to listen to the experiences of the suffering, vulnerable, and exploited (refugees, children, women, descendants of slavery, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ community, elderly, sick)? what’s your justification? do you identify with any of those groups yourself?
i’m especially incensed by those who simultaneously claim to belong to a religion whose core belief is love. not selective religious liberty, marital rights, prosperity, conversion rates or even earning a place in heaven, which in itself is an oxymoron. God of the bible, and so many other spiritual texts for that matter, advocates primarily for love, service, and sacrifice.. constantly humbling yourself and relinquishing your power to honor the (equal) holiness in others. without this, your worship is void. it’s strange to write about love when i’m so deeply infuriated, but the hypocrisy is so glaringly obvious that i fully relate to God’s harsh critique of Israel when they claimed to be worshipping the divine after stealing from the poor, suppressing the truth, increasing income inequality, oppressing the innocent, taking bribes, and denying legal representation & justice in court.
true worship, as stated at MLK Jr’s memorial, is to “let justice run down like water.” it is directly connected to our treatment of fellow humans. maybe that’s why jesus knew it wasn’t the hungry masses, exiled immigrants, sex workers, or outcast lepers that would murder him, it was the patriarchal religious establishment who partnered with the world’s military superpower that wanted to silence a rising, redemptive justice movement.
“why do you long for the day of the Lord? that day will be darkness, not light. it will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear…
i hate, i despise your religious festivals; i take no delight in your assemblies. even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, i will not accept them. though you bring choice fellowship offerings, i will have no regard for them. away with the noise of your songs! i will not listen to the music of your harps.
but let justice run down like water, righteousness like an ever-flowing stream!”– amos 5:18-24, the prophet of social justice
people more wise and articulate than i who give me faith in humanity: christena cleveland | almost heretical podcast | john pavlovitz | rob bell
7 thoughts on “day 128 and a whole lot of thoughts”
For the so-called faithful, the idea of loving and caring for thy neighbor as thyself, is as difficult as a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Prejudice blocks it, judgment stops it, and apathy and ignorance toward injustice permits it.
“Did you ever stop to think about the people we kill? It’s always those who tell us to live together in harmony and try to love one another. Jesus, Gandhi, Lincoln, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Malcolm X, John Lennon. They all said live together in harmony… BAM! Right in the head. Apparently we aren’t ready for that yet.” – George Carlin
When selfishness and conditional humanity outweigh what is moral and just, we are left simply in a collective despair of helplessness and hopelessness.
MLK said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Hope is our motivation, but work is our responsibility. That can’t stop until what is right becomes right and what is just becomes just.
Very beautiful photos/
Muy preciosas fotos.
Have a wonderful day/
¡Que disfrutes de una estupenda jornada!
BEAUTIFUL POST !
A narrow depth of field in a heavenly landscape serves as an apt metaphor. Thank you once again for your masterful vision.
what an attuned observation, I love the connection. thank you!
Anna, you are phenomenal. So insightful and Christ-Like in your writing. God bless you. 💓💓