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The Resistance Prays

January 24, 2019
By Rev. Posey Krakowsky

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“The Religious Left is Finding Its Voice,” via NPR. “Nearly 40 years after some prominent evangelical Christians organized a Moral Majority movement to promote a conservative political agenda, a comparable effort by liberal religious leaders is coalescing in support of immigrant rights, universal health care, LGBTQ rights and racial justice.”

Scripture 

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits." — Matthew 7:15-20

Sometimes, Speaking Up Looks Like Love in Action
  • What I found fascinating in reading this article was the reporter’s assertion that the Religious Left is just now finding its voice. I think a more accurate description would be that the voice of the Religious Left has been present all along — but the media has not paid much attention to it.
  • Has Trumpism had an effect on the Religious Left? For sure. It has required the Religious Left to consider how we speak to and about each other, how we are often our own worst enemies and need to work harder to come together in order to stand stronger. It has also galvanized us to search more actively for common cause with many others in order to build coalitions to effect change.
  • But we are not just now finding our voices. People on the Religious Left have been raising our voices for a very long time. I think of the many churches I know who ministered to those who died in the early days of the AIDS crisis by having their funerals in their sanctuaries — funerals that the religious right would not hold. I think of the many black churches who have held voter registration drives and spoken out against voter suppression in the deep south (and elsewhere) for years. I think of the faith leaders from many traditions who have worked tirelessly at the US/Mexico border, also for years, holding services at the border fences that incorporated participants on both sides of the divide. I think of the many faith leaders who came together to speak up with and for the Muslim community after 9/11. I think of the many volunteers from all religious traditions who have chosen to escort women safely past lines of screaming anti-abortion protesters into Planned Parenthood clinics. I think of the years of activism by Native American elders to retain and reclaim their land rights; Standing Rock was not the first time this kind of activism happened. I think of the thousands of people who march for the health and safety of the planet every Earth Day.
  • Perhaps the press have missed it because our speaking out often consists of actions, more than words. Perhaps the press have missed it because Love in Action doesn’t look like an exciting story that will sell papers — it just looks like Love.
Act

Make a commitment today to speak up about how your own faith informs your actions, not to proselytize, but to enlighten. Speaking up this way is a radical choice — most people are only used to hearing the “voices of faith” come out of the Religious Right. It takes courage to do this, but it can be well worth the risk. In a time when religion has become almost a “dirty” word, speaking from our hearts can help others understand why we do what we do and how we differ from those who may quote the same scriptures, but use them for very different ends.

Pray

From the Book of Common Prayer. 

Creator God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices; direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous, to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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