Sunday, January 29, 2017

Turning away Jesus...

"Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something..."
1 Corinthians 1:27-28

If it feels like the current refugee crisis is bringing us to our knees--it is. We "Somethings" are being challenged by the lowly to do the right thing and treat them as if they are Jesus--because they are.  We, the rich and comfortable, are shamefully complicit while many in the world suffer poverty, rejection and want. And now our country is rejecting them at our very doors and shores. We are a country of immigrants, built by immigrants and yet we have pulled up the drawbridge and are turning away Jesus himself, who seeks comfort and refuge with us.  What can we do? We can speak out. Contact our legislative officials, those who we put into office (or our system put into office) and let them know we expect to be the welcoming sanctuary our country is supposed to be. Support organizations that help refugees. Pray for softer hearts and less fearful minds that cause us to be so wary of those unlike us.  This, our second reading Sunday, shook me to my very core, Friends. It may have been written for the people of Corinth, but it is spoken to us now. Love, heidi

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