What I’m Thinking: In the Storm


First: I utterly condemn this administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. It is unjust, unjustifiable, and cruel. So I seek comfort in the story of Jesus, who calmed the storm.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking first about the children who are being separated from their parents at the United States border because of an unjust, an unjustifiable, and a simply cruel policy of this administration. I am not misled by the lies. There is no need.

And even if there were a “need” – “needs” which result in such cruelty are simply unconscionable. The ends do not justify the means. They never have, and they never will.

And those who say, “We are simply following the law,” might do well to remember that this defense was advanced at trials in Nuremberg, where it was dismissed as the shallow shell, aping righteousness, that it is.

I am finding some reassurance in the fourth chapter of Mark this week (Mark 4:35-41). It’s the story of Jesus asleep in the boat during a storm. His disciples finally wake him, and he calms the sea. Afterwards, his disciples ask who this is, that the winds and the waves obey him?

Truthfully, I feel like we are in the midst of a storm in this nation, a storm which sets this fragile shell of our democracy at great risk. We could founder. We could go down. 

We must wake the Christ. Wake the Christ who is above and around us, but also wake the Christ who is within us. And somehow or other, manage to keep this fragile boat of ours on an even keel the best we can until the day the storm subsides by the grace of God.

May that day come soon.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear about what you’re thinking. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , , | Posted on June 18, 2018

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