Good people of West Parish,
I commend to you this statement, released on Tuesday by Washington National Cathedral. The crux of the statement is this:
“As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over. We must boldly stand witness against the bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and xenophobia that is hurled at us, especially when it comes from the highest offices of this nation.”
In the past couple of weeks, horrendous things have been said about our fellow citizens, immigrants, certain cities, and other countries. Some might say that to comment on these things is getting “political.“
But like the priests at Washington National Cathedral, I hold that it is impossible to believe that every person is a child of God, impossible to believe that Jesus came to save and heal all people, impossible to believe that Jesus lifted up and welcomed those of other religions and ethnicities, and not find such statements in direct opposition to the foundations of our faith. And to be a person of faith in the world is to speak up.
What about you? Do you find that engaging with our President’s statements is being “political“ and thus inappropriate for church? Or do you see it as precisely our mission – creating a world of justice and love? What makes an issue “political“? When does something feel “not appropriate“ for the pulpit?
I’d love to talk with each one of you about these issues, and I believe they are topics with which we as a church need to wrestle. So look for an opportunity for us to discuss them in the future! But meanwhile, send me your thoughts, or email me to arrange a meeting.
And regardless of our politics, party or preferences, may we ALL refuse to stay silent when our fellow human beings are condemned. “Love one another as I have loved you”, was the commandment of Jesus!