“We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities,like the wind, take us away.” ~Isaiah 64:6
Dear Dishonorable Republican Majority:
It is Advent and we who happen to be Christian and honor this season as a time of hope for what is born in Bethlehem now have little choice but to see you playing the role of the puppet ruler, Herod, depicted in the Gospels as a ruthless and traitorous sycophant of Rome. And yes, as well you have stepped into the role of the inn-keeper who delivers to Mary, about to deliver her holy child, and to her husband, the bad news that there is no room in the inn. Off to the barn with you! How dare you be needy and without money to secure a place in the inn? You, Republican Majority Congresspersons, are, however, decidedly not the Wise Men who come seeking the child to honor him. Nor are you the shepherds, poor and at risk in the fields, who receive the angelic announcement that there is a prince of peace born to counter the reptilian minions of Rome. But yes! dear Republican Congresspersons who have just decided to transfer a gigantic amount of wealth from the needy, the meek, the poor, the sick and at risk so that your wealthy donors might benefit, you are the very same reptilian princes who prowl in predation in the Christmas story while the great Lizard King sits mad in the White House, fumbling toward nuclear war. While you do nothing. Well, not exactly nothing because you have just taken steps to raise deficits by a trillion dollars —something you preached against repeatedly in years past—as you destroy the flimsy medical access net provided by President Obama. Even a flimsy medical access is too much in your estimation. You now have in sight the goal of dismantling Medicare and Social Security. Bang the drum slowly.
Well, I’m just a pastor. I and my congregation will be reading and repeating the Christmas story and celebrating the news that the blessed mother of Jesus sang about: the powerful will be brought down, the hungry filled and the rich sent away empty. The meek are getting ready. And you, you will fade like a leaf and your iniquities will, like the wind, take you away. That is a warning. From the Prophet Isaiah. From the mother of Christ. From the Galilean, who was considered by people like you as smitten by poverty, too powerless to count. Get this though, dishonorable governing class: That Galilean is raised from death. May your dreams and sleep be haunted by his pronouncements of solidarity with the oppressed.
To you Christians, take hope. Christ assured us, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” To people of peace and good will everywhere, we stand with you in this dark night. May your works of justice and mercy shine like stars in the firmament.