For two weeks I have been “gone” on vacation and I can tell you what I did not do: never turned on the television; did not read one news article in print or online. I was in solitude and dialed into contemplative mode. I highly recommend that you practice a news blackout for at least one day in the week for your own sanity and peace. It was indeed a restorative time as I did not digest the toxic spew gushing out of the White House and Congress.
We, by which I mean our country, have descended to depths of depravity and cruelty that defy reason. We are a rich and resourceful country. There is no reason to grant massive transfers of wealth to the richest while denying citizens access to healthcare. There is no reason to separate children from their parents and imprison them for the crime of fleeing poverty and violence. No reason other than an intentional cruelty. There is no way to square what we are seeing with the compassion of Christ and those Christians who have provided cover for this administration’s assault on dignity should stop doing so. Immediately.
Look, kingdoms rise and fall. Princes, Kings and Presidents come and go. We will survive this presidency of petulance and hate but soberly speaking, we will not return immediately to what we were or could have been. The debacle and sin that is this administration and the Congress will take a generation to undo. Meanwhile, here is what you can say to those who ask you how you are navigating this treacherous time: I belong to a community of faith that week in and week out seeks to live as the Beloved Community. That is worth more than I can put into words. Doing so ennobles your life, provides you peace and luminously illustrates to the world what the world needs to know—that we are made in God’s image and we can and are obligated to treat others as though they carry within them God’s image.
I hope to see you in the Beloved Community on Sunday as Westminster Presbyterian and Riverside Baptist Churches worship together. 11:00. Sunday. At Westminster Presbyterian in SW, DC. Step out of the madness and into a community of peace, justice and compassion.