I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

Today's text, from Matthew 25:31 onward, reminds us that when we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the incarcerated and sick, and take care of the stranger, we are serving Christ. It goes further to suggest that nations will be separated in judgment by how they embody these actions.

When I see what is happening today, pitting police against student or worker or the vulnerable, I am deeply saddened. This is not the vision of shalom that Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected for. It tears my heart to see police faceless behind mirrored glasses spraying students who are faceless with heads tucked into jackets. This is NOT what OCCUPY is about. OCCUPY is about how we, as a nation, as a people, have lost track of the hungry, thirsty, sick, and stranger. How we have let our nation's wealth become so concentrated that 0.01% owns 33% of the country's wealth. And, for the Christian, how we have stopped being Christ's hands and feet and become the hands that slap and the feet that kick.

And this is on all of us. The complacent who didn't vote, the weary who lost heart, the self-absorbed who want only what is best for ME.

I am reminded of Desmond Tutu's theology of Ubuntu. Ubuntu says: "I AM BECAUSE WE ARE." Again, "I AM BECAUSE WE ARE." We are all interconnected. That means that I am connected to the most regressive and they are connected to the most progressive. So we better learn to talk together.

If Christ came today and separated the nations based on how they treated the lost, the least, and the lonely? Where would our country be? Where would you be?

OK. Rant done. Carry on.

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