I know that this blog is usually full of cute Ev quips or inspirational bits about parenting. Today the blog has a different tone. I’m as concerned with the secular culture of Ev’s growingupworld as I am with the ecclesiatic culture of his growingupworld. More than anything I want Ev to grow up to be man who sojourns with YHWH and abides in Jesus–a man who impacts his world for the better and takes a stand for equality and justice.
Over the past few days I’ve read so much vitriol on Facebook. I’ve read about police violence and bigotry and defending the powerless and defending the law enforcement. I’ve read hurtful and angry words about those who commit suicide or suffer from depression. I’ve read disparaging and contemptible comments about f****ts and n******s. My heart has been heavy and my spirit discouraged by such outbursts of hatred.
And then Jamie, one of my favorite bloggers, weighed in. This blog post is one of the very best I’ve read. I hope you read it. Jamie talks about the whole picture. I won’t throw my biased, unfirsthandknowledgeable opinion into the ring about Michael Brown because I wasn’t there. I won’t delve into the details about Robin Williams and his faith (or lack thereof) because I never lived with him. The truth is these stories are tragic and heartbreaking on every level. I cannot begin to play judge and jury.
But I will take a stand for equality.
I will rise to my feet in the presence of injustice wherever I find it.
I will not be quiet because it makes some uncomfortable.
I will not be quiet because it makes some angry to hear that the reason Jesus was born was to fulfill his mission of love not to those who have, but I those who have not–to the least of these.
I will not be quiet so some can make themselves feel better about being advantaged by trying to justify tragedy or inequality; this demeans not only the individuals and families involved, but justice itself.
I will not be quiet so some can smugly claim that they have more faith or are less selfish because they’ve overcome difficulty or fillintheblank through prayer and bible reading.
I will take a stand against injustice and bigotry and hatred.
I will stand with Jesus on the side of “the weak, the burdened, the vulnerable, and the oppressed or depressed.”
I will always support the underdog.
No. I will not be quiet.
So consider this fair warning.
If my cry is too loud, you may wish to walk away now while you still have your hearing.