Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“Whew! I cannot wait for this year to be over!” Hold on – it almost is over. One more month of enduring this past year. Finally, a chance to bid farewell to the problems and pains of 2019. Now, to settle in to the cozy comfort of the year-end parties and numbed nostalgia in the form of consumption buying of gifts which no one really needs, and which we really cannot afford. BUT, we convince ourselves that this year’s end will be time of renewal.
Maybe, we hope and we yearn, that the new year will be the time of freedom from the political partisanship and moral morass in which we are drowning, personally and as a nation.
The question is: How desperate, truly, are we for a change?! Nothing will be better for us unless we work it better for everyone! Simply to wish life would return to where I was safe, secure, satisfied, and selfish ignores the trauma and terror of those on the outside, which creates the trauma and terror for everyone.
For people of all faiths, this time of year, as described by Jim Wallis of Sojourners magazine”is nothing less than a manifesto for turning the world upside down!”… or I would suggest, “turning the world right-side up!”
As Jim Wallis continues: “In this …season, we need to prepare for the (God) who taught us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves – and remember that our neighbor is the one who is different from us. We need to prepare for the (God) who teaches us that the ‘least of these’ are the most important, even as they are treated as the least important by many of our politicians”…(and by many of us).
As we prepare for this holiday season, may we remember the radical word of God: “Do not say a word of relief for the year gone by. Instead, prepare intentionally to meet God who is at work for a new life for ALL!”