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The Resistance Prays

January 9, 2019
By Rev. Holly Clark-Porter

Today's Top Story
So what did we learn from the president's Oval Office address last night? For starters, we're no closer to an end to the shutdown. Seven insights from NPR here.
Scripture 
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. - Ephesians 4:22-24

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. - Ephesians 5:1-2
Building a Wall Is Not Walking In Love
I did not watch the address. I prefer to listen to people (even those I oppose) who can form complete sentences. But I certainly wanted to learn about the content this morning.

The most concerning to me was the above article’s second point: Trump’s dark worldview. After reading NPR’s takeaways, I was immediately drawn to Ephesians—a letter written by Paul (or one of his students) to a group of people who just couldn’t see one another as people. Because of their stubbornness, they saw the world darkly and imposed that burden on the people around them.

The letter to the Ephesians combats this mindset, encouraging them to take off that dark view—that’s old news. Instead, find Godly ways to experience life together!

Contrastingly, Trump’s leadership has turned people into imitators of sin (dare I say even of Satan?). Recently in my own state, many walked in a Mummers' Parade that often pushes the line. This year one float showed a family disgustingly mocking the news from the border, with soiled children in cages. The people on this float (and some in the audience) found this hilarious. Why? Because they have been convinced by a dark worldview that the USA is under threat and that their way of life is in danger. In these dark clouds, they have forgotten that these are real stories, real people, real siblings of ours.

I refuse to see the world darkly. Look around. We are in the light. There are Muslim youth groups cleaning up our abandoned National Parks. There are adorable videos of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing and talking tax policy. There are women moving in and up. Cyntoia Brown was granted clemencyJared Polis was sworn in as the first openly gay governor of Colorado. I could go on and on. But I’ll let you share in the Good News!
Act
Find Paolo Nutini’s song “New Shoes” and play it while you put on your (literal or metaphorical) new shoes—new shoes leading you to walk in love, with a worldview that calls out hate by honoring goodness. Find the good. Post the good. Seek the good. Honor the good. I don’t know what that means to you, but for me, it means being aware of the bad and the scary, but intentionally not dwelling on it.
Pray
God, sometimes we want to scream at you; sometimes it is all we can offer. We yell our feelings of frustration and darkness hoping it will help, hoping you will change all this mess. Maybe it will! Maybe as those feelings leave our lips, you will catch them and hold them for us while we get to work. And maybe you’ll return our words changed by your majesty into new words, words of holiness. Maybe we’ll let you do that and we will walk in love. Amen.
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