When did it become acceptable to be people of a message which does not match our credo? I have heard that question proffered more in recent days than in all recent years. While I would love to point to a political movement, or even one particular human, upon whom blame for this should rest. However, sadly as we cast our eyes over our shoulder into the past, we soon discover that humankind, has oft been guided by those who boast of one thing, while their actions are rent with the profane obscenity of narcissistic self-serving actions.
My dear friends, the actions of our government are not a new wave of disregard for the freedoms of citizens, met with the hard-hearted disregard for the very freedom we espouse. No, do not be deceived, it is just that the true heart of the church has been so preoccupied for so long with the art of discussing and debating the virtue of being holy unto ourselves, that we have ceded the very oversight of virtue entrusted to us by the very blood of the martyrs who have gone on before. It is just now, because we have allowed Pandora’s box to be fully opened with crime and corruption, fear and hatred, self-loathing and persecution, writhing like venomous snakes devouring the innocent the world seems hell bent on destruction, and nothing seems safe and even less sacred.
When the message of those who claim faith in Christ, is a message in which even one person is seen to be beyond the love of God, then the message is not of Christ, but of the very evil clothed with the whorish robes of the profiteers which persists in destroying lives, claiming the greater good as the justification. When the people who bear the marks of Christ, claim the cross they bear is not for the salvation of others, instead claiming the very existence of those people is instead the burden claimed to be the cross, those who claim the cross could just as easily claim the rod of Pharaoh, which looked like Moses’s staff but was not of God.
Take time and be very careful you who claim Christ, that what you desire matches with what Christ desires, and not what you are told He desires. Read the Scriptures, and allow the Grace that found you as a decrepit depraved sinner wont for salvation, and reconciled you to Almighty God, to restore you once again to the heart you had when you first believed. If your faith has you applauding the hell-bent destruction of others, you have lost the very essence of Christ in your life, and are standing precariously on the precipice of destruction yourself.
Question yourself, what if your birth had been different? What if you were of a different color, or different circumstance? What if rather than being in whatever place you are safely reading this short passage, you are cowering behind a bomb strewn wall yearning to live, yet you have no-one in safety to give you shelter? What if you are watching your neighbors fall prey to drug lords, and the cesspool of depravation which consumes so much of the world? Would your stance be to bar the door, or would you cast a light in the window, hoping some weary traveler would find their way to safety?
Throughout my life, an old hymn has served to remind me of how I have been rescued from the pathway of destruction whereby evil would consume me like the swirling tide. “Let the Lower Lights be Burning” is a hymn which calls upon those who are safely on shore to cast the lower lights, not just relying on the great beacon from atop a lighthouse, but the lower lights, for many are in the peril of drowning. How can we Christians stand idly by, and even join our voices in the chorus of hatred, which calls out from shore “You are not welcome! You are not worthy to even live! We are better off if you are dead!” Whether it be the child who is bullied, the heroin addict, the immigrant, the refugee, the elderly, the cancer survivor, the newborn, the mentally ill, the learning disabled, the different . . . who will you say, can be excluded from the promise of Liberty? May God have mercy upon each of our souls, may God forgive our transgressions, our silence, and our inaction!