This is what follows Christmas. According to the Gospel story, Herod sought to kill the baby Jesus. He thought Jesus would be a threat to the empire — to the systems of power that underpinned the privilege and wealth of the few. So Herod ordered all newborn male babies to be slain. And the blood of the innocents flowed.
To avoid Herod’s threat, Joseph and Mary fled with the child to Egypt. It was the day Jesus became a refugee. (Interestingly, if they had tried to seek refuge in the U.S. today, they would have been turned away.)
But it’s more than a story about a refugee. Far more. At least to anyone who believes in a god — more specifically, in a god whose nature and purpose were revealed in the being and life of Jesus.
To such people, Jesus the refugee reveals much. He reveals the very heart of God. Continue reading
“I hope we all agree that Pat Robertson is a man of God.”
This was the response of a friend of a friend in a recent Facebook posting. She was defending Mr. Robertson, who was quoted as saying:
I think, somehow, the Lord’s plan is being put in place for America and these people are not only revolting against Trump, they’re revolting against what God’s plan is for America. These other people have been trying to destroy America.
I can’t help but wonder:
- What qualifies someone as a “man of God”?
- What qualifies someone to make a judgment that another person is a “man of God”?
- How can Mr. Robertson know what God’s plan is for America (or if there is a plan for that matter)?
- What is behind the decisions of some people to demonize those who hold different political views?
Some people think America is going to hell in a hand basket. Some people think America isn’t great anymore. Phooey, I say!
I think America is already great. It’s far from perfect, of course. And some things are pretty bad, such as our dysfunctional national politics. And the way we’ve allowed people of wealth to dominate politics and our economic policies.
We have work to do, and it’s gravely disappointing we’re not going about the business of getting things done. But that doesn’t mean America isn’t great. Continue reading