Sometimes there are larger forces at work that just seem to take hold of people. Evil takes on a life of its own to the point that it almost has personality to it, “it” has a name and a face.
“Do you see this woman?” Jesus’ question to his now-embarrassed host runs deeper than “Will you look at her?” It reveals a tear in the fabric of human community.
But in a profound sense, “What are you looking for?” or “Who are you looking for?” is a question at the heart of all other questions. It’s a question about our deepest longings.
When and how do we shirk God’s prophetic call to us by avoiding truth-telling? What truths do we avoid telling? What truths do avoid hearing?
We are grounded in love and gifted by God to be a people who promote and cultivate justice.
God just won’t give up on God’s people. God’s own heart recoils and responds with compassion and tenderness. So it should be with us.
So, let me ask you, does God care now? Is God’s pathos–even suffering and anger–aroused now? Is God’s heart broken now, these days, with this country, with the wider global, human community in how we treat one another and the earth itself?
Amos 8:1-12, July 14, 2019
This is how God works. The is a resounding truth that echoes through the pages of the Bible: “God chooses to love–and not only love–but side with and move through the outcast, the downtrodden, the least, the seemingly power-less.”
What mantles of prophetic faith have we personally, or as a congregation, received? From whom have we received them?