Pastor’s Corner: New Normal

May 12, 2021

How do we know when things are “normal” again?

How did we know that those things were “normal” in the first place?

This pandemic has been a terrible experience. It was worse than it needed to be – Australia and New Zealand have taught us that – and better (in some places) than it might have been – Italy and India have shown us that. With vaccines now available to everyone 12 years old and up, and 40% of our state’s residents fully vaccinated, it seems like normal is in sight.

But… How about we do better than “normal?”

“Normal” has meant very different things over the course of the centuries. Once it was normal for women to farm and for men to hunt. Once it was normal for men and women to eat different diets, separately. Once it was normal for people to own slaves. Once it was normal for people to withhold political power based on race. Once it was normal for one’s parentage to determine one’s job, prospects of wealth, and place in society.

These have seen modification in the last century, but there are still those who would prefer to see “normal” define limited roles for women, “normal” allocate power based on race, “normal” praise the wealthy for their wealth and blame the poor for their poverty. They’re out there. They’re at work. They are trying to make the next normal better for some who already had it better, and worse for others who already had it worse.

I want to see a normal without shooting violence, sexual assault, abuse and neglect, people without health care. I want to see a normal in which people respect one another for their worth as human beings, and seek to learn their specific skills and talents. Let’s face it: I want to see a normal that looks like the reign of God.

It’s the only normal worth working for.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

Photo by Eric Anderson

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