St. Matthew wants us to know that faith is known by its fruit because if we can bear the fruit of faith, it will bring sustenance to a world thirsting and hungering for righteousness.
The church of Christ has long stood boldly in the shadow of Empire. The church does not retreat to a lair and wish the problems of Empire away. It stands in the public square, and declares boldly, “Jesus is Lord. Here we stand; we can do nothing else.”
See, it is not enough for us to opt out of actively supporting evil things and unjust systems, if we are passively supporting them in other ways. It’s not enough to decry racism if we don’t examine how we might be unwittingly perpetuating racial injustice. It’s not enough to decry the plight of the poor if we don’t examine how we might be unwittingly perpetuating economic inequality. It’s not enough for us to decry the harm being done to God’s Creation if we don’t examine our own unwitting complicity in the environmental crisis. If we would truly live out our mission to make a difference then we have to be willing to examine that complicity.
It’s amazing how different the world can look when you don’t have enough light to see.
For all of our singing ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ and ‘Joy to the World,’ and all the other Christmas carols of hope and longing, the world post-Christmas can seem remarkably … unchanged.
Rev. Mark Schaefer Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University January 20, 2008 Acts 10:34-43; Mark 15:21-32 Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You…
The continuing disenfranchisement of the people of the District of Columbia is an egregious moral wrong that must be addressed by all members of the community of faith.