Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy
How many times must we turn to one another and ask that the violence stop? Race and violence in America is a problem. That is an understatement. Gun violence continues to strike at the heart of our nation and yet, the idol worshippers of Moloch insist on feeding our children and their future to the Gun god. Lay down your sword. Do not give your allegiance or your hearts to those who divide, hate and insist on violence. There is no way to peace, peace is the way as the Fellowship of Reconciliation chants it. Below is a compilation of statements made over the last few years that speak to these issues.
Open Letter to White Christians
The Mocking of Christ
Guns + Hatred in America
The Scourge of Gun Violence
Defying Injustice, Speaking Truth
Shame on Jerry Falwell
Mourning Brooklyn Police Officers
Mr. Beck & Some Lives Matter
Order the Flags at Half Staff
Refuge in a Profanely Violent World
The State of Race in America
The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
~Frederick Douglass, 1852, “July 4th?”
Dallas Police Officers
Our nation is in the grip of madness, a violence stoked by a variety of groups and individuals from right wing radio talk show hosts to hate groups. Our Congress refuses to act while the citizens of this country are armed to the teeth. Legislation is important. Community policing is important. As, or more important, is a change of heart, what the bible calls repentance. As we mourn yet more lives taken from their families and friends, we pray that a spiritual awakening ensues and we turn from violence as a solution to our differences and our problems. Christ have mercy. Lord, have mercy.