Thursday, April 18, 2013

“If you tell me Christian commitment is a kind of thing that has happened to you once and for all like some kind of spiritual plastic surgery, I say you're either pulling the wool over your own eyes or trying to pull it over mine. Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: "Can I believe it all again today?" No, better still, don't ask it till after you've read The New York Times, till after you've studied that daily record of the world's brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer's always Yes, then you probably don't know what believing means. At least five times out of ten the answer should be No because the No is as important as the Yes, maybe more so. The No is what proves you're human in case you should ever doubt it. And then if some morning the answer happens to be really Yes, it should be a Yes that's choked with confession and tears and. . . great laughter.”
--Frederick Beuchner

  • the Boston maraton bombings that killed 3 and wounded almost 200 including loss of limbs
  • the unspeakable murders at Sandy Hook in Newtown
  • the mass shootings in the Aurora, CO movie theater, the AZ political rally, the Oregon Mall, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and others
  • the NRA, the NRA lobby, and the stranglehold they have on our political system
  • the moral blindless and cowardice of our elected officials in the Senate and House
  • the inhumane, unsafe abortion clinic in PA, and the refusal of some Christians to make the actual steps it takes to make abortion safe, legal, and rare until it disappears
  • the continued oppression of LGBT people, women, and other marginalized individuals and groups in the church that claims to follow Jesus Christ, the champion of the oppressed and marginalized
  • the emaciated man in the wheelchair outside the hospital, arguing with a low-wage insurance claim agent
  • the fatal explosion in West, Texas that devastated a enter town of 2,000+
  • 9/11
  • world poverty
  • the past, current, and future sins of comission and omission by the U.S. in the name of God, loyalty, and patriotism
  • the daily physical and sexual abuse of children worldwide
  • the daily, unspeakable violence all over the world
  • the holocaust

How can my answer be anything but No?

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