We live in scary times: the rich getting wealthier, the environment getting worse, some people wearing their blatant hatred of others not like them on their sleeves. Dom Helder Camara said many years ago that people call him a saint when he feeds the poor, but a Communist when he asks why the poor are not being fed. Well the questions need to be asked...NOW!
For those of us professing to walk with Jesus, all too often he's made out to be a Harvey Milquetoast, all nice, in our control so as not to challenge anyone or the systems of power. Not sure who that is, but it's not the Son of God, who was so outraged that money changers defiled his Father's house that he over turned their tables. Just because he didn't arm himself to overthrow the government, did not mean that he didn't believe in the liberation of all.
Jesus crossed religious and social boundaries all the time. He welcomed all to join the Beloved Community. We can do no less. When the evil that's being visited on our society goes unchecked, those of us who say nothing are responsible for it. No middle ground here, kids: we have to be compassion and stand for justice and mercy. We have to ask the questions in order to free all our brothers and sisters. But, unlike most revolutionaries: we can never forget who we are and Whose we are.
We must feed the hungry and shelter the homeless in order to give them strength for us to stand beside them and make for change. If we just do the former, nothing changes, and those causing this evil can continue to keep their heads up their backsides. We need to be love where hate is spewed. We need to look others in the face--oppressed and oppressor--and love them as the Imago Dei! And some days that ain't all that easy.
Will we be popular? Seriously doubt that. Jesus isn't about that. Look where he ended up. We can do no less because we know that story doesn't end there...