Posted by: minnow | June 17, 2018

A Sunday Sermon

I do not believe in the god represented by 45, the AG, the press secretary, or others in the Republican party who try to justify the behavior of this administration by using the Bible. I do not believe their actions are motivated by Christian principles or a conviction to work for the greater good of our nation. I do not believe in the heartless, self-aggrandizing, terrorist their words and actions paint their god to be. The god they revere, the god they reflect, the god they obey does not deserve OUR worship, OUR following, or OUR allegiance. It is a golden calf and we have been here before.

Tell me the Bible commands us to obey authority whether it be spiritual or governmental, and I would have to concede it does. Right there in Romans 13:1 it states: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities…” But using this single verse to suggest because the Head of State sets a policy that policy is just, is frankly worth of contempt. When you cherry pick verses you can make the Bible support just about anything, which would be even more obvious if one bothered to read just a little bit further in Romans 13. Verse 8 instructs us to “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” And, verse 10 starts out by saying, “Love does no harm to a neighbor.” If the immigrants at our borders are not our neighbors I honestly don’t know who is. Leviticus 19: 34 admonishes us saying, “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself…” Provers 29:7 proclaims, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” And of course theres the golden rule found in Luke 6:31. But, did you know the verse which precedes it is even more instructional, “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Before I move on, I’d like to leave you with another thought from the Bible, also found in Luke chapter 6, verse 38 reads, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use, it will be measures to you.” 

I’ve heard a lot of people pleading for our government to stop this unprecedented abuse of power because “this isn’t who we are as Americans”. But the sad reality is, children being yanked from their parents’ arms never to be seen by them again is not new to us. Parents and children were routinely separated from their families during slavery. And, as the white man settled the West, Native children were taken from their parents, dressed in white man’s clothing, forbidden to use their native languages, and forced to learn white man’s ways. Destroying cultures and wrecking families is exactly who we are and always have been. 

White preachers with their superior knowledge of scripture have long tried to blame the ills of society, even natural disasters, on sexual immorality, abortion, or the LGBTQ “life-style”. So long as it’s the “other” they point fingers and preach. It is time we look at the Church record of sin–the sale, abuse, and rape of slaves; the mass slaughter, incarceration, and reprograming of Native people groups; the seizing of property and unlawful detention of Japanese-AMERICANS. And now, the ripping apart, imprisonment, and detention of families seeking ASYLUM.

This is who we are America. It is time we repent!

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Responses

  1. Excellent!! I feel the same way!!

  2. Thank you.


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