The following is a sermon by the Episcopal Bishop for the diocese of Spokane, Gretchen Rehberg. It put to words what I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve seen so many followers of Jesus place their politics before the Gospel. While we may disagree about specific solutions, we must all agree on and focus on the work that Christ so clearly asked us to do.
In preparation for speaking at Elevate Summit in Denver, I prepared this script for my talk. I wasn’t able to memorize it fully, so wanted to share it in text since there were a few key points that may be easier to digest in this format. The video of the talk is embedded at the end. 👍
The Christian church has no alternative but to engage in actions which challenge the evils of society—poverty, ignorance, disease, oppression, injustice, war, and prejudice—and to attempt to create more human alternatives. The Christian faith community therefore is called: to stop contributing to our social ills; to take a stand on social issues; to raise a prophetic voice against injustice; to take positive action on behalf of liberation; to influence public opinion; to join with others working for social justice; to identify with and become the advocate to the cause of the outsider; to eliminate the chasm between personal and social religion (why don’t we turn the current enthusiasm for the Holy Spirit—long overdue—into a concern for the manifestation of the works of the Holy Spirit?); and to respond to people’s hunger for spiritual life by relating worship and prayer to social action, for both together are the work (liturgy) of a faith community.
Working from a coffee shop in Flagstaff, AZ. I brought Ava with me so she could do her school work without interrupting siblings around. To get some better light, she occupied a table on the other side of the room from me. I just looked over and she’s not doing her work …
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