Blooming where we’re planted…

Will you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice,  and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

Last week in Charlottesville VA, Heather Heyer was killed while standing up and speaking out for justice.  She was present at a counter-protest of a group of white-nationalists.  She could have just stayed home, in bed, but instead, she showed up.  What are we doing to resist evil, injustice and oppression?  As Heather’s mother, Susan Bro says, “Find what’s wrong, don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way.”

Will you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice,  and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

This is just one of the questions of our vows of baptism.  We’re called, not to just identify evil, injustice, and oppression but to resist.  We’re called to do something: show up at protests and rallies, speak up when we witness ‘isms of any kind, do the work of kindness and compassion, and to look deep inside ourselves too.  I’m still challenged by the words of Bishop Hagiya who invited a roomful of workshop attenders to pray the Lord’s prayer line by line meditatively.  When we got to the line, “Deliver us from evil,” he invited us to consider not just the evil “out there,” but the evils we participate in day by day.  Is the clothing we wear made by child slaves?  Is the food we eat harvested by workers who are being treated unjustly?  What about the racist remark we allow to pass because to address it makes us more uncomfortable than the remark itself?

Will you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice,  and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

We do not do this work alone, but through the grace, love, and strength of God.  And I believe, that this hard work, is itself an act of beauty.  Courageous compassionate justice work, is beautiful, and hopeful, and contagious.  Our “Future with Hope,” series continues as we ask, “How can we bloom where we’re planted?”  How will we, the people of the United Methodist Church of Osterville, resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?  How can we build God’s kindom here, now, among us?

I’ll see you  on Sunday,

Pastor Heather

 

One thought on “Blooming where we’re planted…

  1. So many comments are in my brain and my heart right now. Evil, injustice and oppression are the word-signs for all to wake up to, and to be real with the rightness in our lives. Don’t look away, speak up, do what God has taught you to do. And it’s not always easy to follow God’s call alone, so I love being with friends and loved ones trying to do the right thing!

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