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?
God meets us in those places of retreat and despair.
If we imagine that truth is the enemy of mystery, it is only because we live in a world that insists on “knowing” in a way that is cataloguing and possessive, that insists that what is “true” is something inert, something that can be examined from all sides and seen to hold together, something that can be exhausted.
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one,” Jesus prayed.