This coming weekend an Alt-Right group is on the move and heading my way.
It’s bad enough to have the threat of two world leaders trash talking one another at the risk of taking the whole world into the warring arena. I can sit and watch the news and say… somebody DO something … why isn’t anybody DOING something, rationally. Where are all of those “moderates” from the left and the right, I cry. Those level headed folks?!? …. and then THIS happens.
The Alt right comes rolling into town, and not ANY town, but the town in which my church is located. And not just IN town but the demonstration is just right down the road from my church. Like, walking distance. And I shake my fist saying, “Why doesn’t someone DO something?” And THEN I read an article in Sojourners https://sojo.net/articles/white-supremacy-will-not-win-here-people-faith-counter-protest-alt-right-rally – and I realize….
That SOMEBODY is me…and it’s you, it’s anyone who thinks that the Alt-Right “ain’t” right. Especially any white Christian American who says regularly…”those aren’t MY people; they don’t speak for me.” What makes me even more, well, CONVINCED that somebody is me is that the denomination that I am so proud of, the Disciples of Christ, post on their national website these FOUR priorities to which they are committed: http://disciples.org/our-identity/the-four-priorities-of-the-church/
- Becoming a Pro-reconciling/Anti-racist church
- Formation of 1,000 new congregations by 2020
- Transformation of 1,000 current congregations by 2020
- Leadership development necessary to realize these new and renewed congregations
So tonight is the me putting my foot where my mouth has been so often – stepping into Micah 6:8. NOT just preaching it, teaching it, but living it:
Human, the Lord has told you what goodness is. This is what he wants from you: Be fair to other people. Love kindness and loyalty, and humbly obey your God. (English Revised)