Post Alt-Right Rally reflection and prayer written/presented Sunday, 8/13

On This Day, Sunday, August 13 recording

Prayer for Sunday August 13 – On This Day

Written Sunday, August 13, 2017              Let This Day Be…

This is not a day to cast stones…

Or accusations of who is right and who is alt-right… of those who risked their lives to take hold fiercely onto the definition of a country whose declaration and bill of rights was written with the intent of protecting the rights of ALL of its citizens.

Let this day not be a day to turn on our neighbor, but to love them even more.

Let this day be a day of prayer and reflection.

Let this day be a day of confession of both sins of aggression and sins of omission.

Let this be a day that we remember that years of in-fighting and defining have led us to this place of mourning and repentance.

But also, let this day be a day when people who claim Christ as their teacher, their Lord, boldly unite in saying — NO not Country First, NO not ME first, but God first.

A day when people of the cloth alongside their parishes say that on THIS day an angry mob will not define us, but God, the Son and the Spirit will emblazon us in new ways to ensure that ALL people are welcome here – in this Sanctuary, in our hearts and yes, even in our homes.

Let this day be a day of not only words but of action.

On this day…on this day…..on this day…and every day.

Amen

Post Rally Reflection:

As I consider sins of omission – when I am challenged as to why I attended the counter-protest movement = Clergy Collective.  Whenever I consider NOT choosing to stand or speak out against hatred and oppression, I remember Martin Niemoller.  Niemoller was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for this quotation:

First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—,
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

 

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