Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
PROTESTS!!!…They are everywhere: radio, TV, social media. No matter where you turn, someone, somewhere is protesting. Many are peaceful and non-violent. Some are violent. It is the latter that get the media attention. It is these that cause us to live in fear and suspicion. To “protest” has become a negative, destructive, divisive definition of the world in which we live.
Too many in today’s culture – which means too many of us – live on the negative side of life. If you listen to our conversations, we focus on all that is wrong; we are quick to find blame in everyone else; we condemn all who disagree with us; we are sure our generation has it right.
The concern is that it is all too easy to be against a policy, a position, a person. Where is the conviction to stand tall and articulate a positive insight, commitment, and alternative to what is destroying our world?
Take a moment and consider the word PROTEST. We know the expression: “pros” and “cons.” The prefix “pro” means to be “for”, to be “in favor.” It does not mean to be against something.
To be people of faith is to live in a spirit of intentionally being in favor of joy, hope, justice, and compassion for ALL. Never can we be a people who only are against those who differ from us. May we rededicate ourselves to be a people who stare reality in the face, yet always speak of our conviction for the “pro“, and not hide behind the easy way of simply being a “con.”
Our God is “pro” us – not “CON” us. We are called to be the same in our lives toward ourselves and others.