All that followers of Christ are to be and do rightly flows from God's intentions for human life together, and the fullest revelation of that comes via the life of Christ. The call to imitate Christ is an expression of this reality. Our blog explores the implications of imitating Christ for all aspects of human existence.
Amos 2:6This is
what the Lord says: "For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will
not turn back my wrath. They sell the righteous for silver, and the
needy for a pair of sandals. 7 They trample on the heads of the poor as upon the
dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son
use the same girl and so profane my holy name. 8 They lie down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge. In the house of their god they drink wine taken as fines.
It puzzles me to know end the extent to which folks are willing to consume the poorest among us! I don't mean that in the sense of not understanding how easily we are driven by greed, but in the sense of being unable to see how folks who attempt to hold up an appearance of goodness can participate in these sorts of financial institutions. Oh, I know we are remarkable at "rationalizing" just about any behavior, but there is little more despicable than taking from the "least of these" even what they have. One can rest in the knowledge that, though the moral arc of the universe is long, it eventually bends toward justice. God's judgment will get the last word. However, we should read carefully, and act where we can, on the suggestions at the end of the article. Would it not be a truly remarkable thing if the church were to decide to take the lead on this?
Do you suppose there is any chance Bush will get the significance of this? When the folks you expect to do a particular job lose faith in that job, it becomes increasingly difficult to muster the extra-ordinary commitment it takes to accomplish the impossible.
If it were only the case that individual workers were doing as well as this. There can be no clearer evidence that public policy has implications and that leaving markets increasingly to themselves slants the playing field ever more to the "haves." It would be nice to see some alternative to Bush's "trickle up" policies.
The NYT had an interesting piece that talks about the steps one might take to increase energy efficiency. It is surprising how large a difference can be made from relatively modest changes. Check it out here. This piece reports on a more radical suggestion for curtailing gas consumption. I'm not sure it is a particularly good idea, but it is part of a conversation we need desperately to have. Notwithstanding the "head in the sand" attitude of many, there is increasing evidence of global warming. Check out this piece.
I put my cd player on repeat and played this song so many times in a row that I lost count. The song is "Higher" by Creed. You can hear it by clicking here and the lyrics are as follows:
When Im dreaming Im guided to another world Time and time again At sunrise I fight to stay asleep Cause I dont want to leave the comfort of this place Cause theres a hunger, longing to escape From the life I live when Im awake
So lets go there Lets make our escape Come on; lets go there Lets ask can we stay?
Chorus Can you take me higher? To the place where blind men see Can you take me higher? To the place with golden streets
Although I would like our world to change It helps me to appreciate Those nights and those dreams But my friend Id sacrifice all those nights If I could make the earth and my dreams the same
The only difference is To let love replace all our hate So lets go there Lets make our escape Come on Lets go there lets ask can we stay
Lets go there Lets go there Lets go there Lets ask can we stay
Up high I feel like Im alive for the very first time Sat up high Im strong enough to take these dreams And make them mine
Stan Hauerwas once commented that God was destroying the church in America and that we darn well deserved it (well, he used a stronger word that darn). This piece comes at that from an interesting perspective, putting the mote/beam in different eyes. I think the guy is onto something.