Advent is the season where we let go of our allusions of grandeur and say, “God, your way better work, because ours sure isn’t.”
The Christian mandate to love means ensuring safe access to abortions for those who desire them.
Some things are bigger than us and our emotions and they demand we commit our lives to them if we have any hope of peace in this world.
Christians find power in refusing it, in being willing to lay down our lives – not for our own comfort and convenience – but because its what’s required to care for others.
No one gets written off or we’re no better than “them.”
Every system of power aspires to universality; it’s a further means of control. Caesar put his face on money and democracy’s egalitarian, ‘everyone gets a voice’ mantra does the same thing.
Saying “All Lives Matter” is like hiding the gift of God away, afraid to invest it for fear of loss. It is a rejection of our scriptural mandate to believe (not just intellectually assent) that Jesus Christ is Lord.
According to Paul, our Christian duty, when those lines are drawn, is always to step onto the other side.
I’ve found, though, that when people dismiss the question “why” on matters of faith, it tends to limit the experience. Those “trust and obey” traditions feel empty and deficient and entirely unsatisfactory. When the “why” is encouraged, though – or at least tolerated – the expansive nature of God and faith becomes real; the power and potential of the divine in the world seems limitless and worthwhile.