Saturday, March 19, 2016

A better answer, in my humble opinion.




This message was posted by The Rev. Kevin Smith prior to the release of the House of Bishops message, shown on the blog post below this one. (I had lost it a few days ago but found it this morning.)

Posted to FB by Kevin Smith, March 14, 2016

Personally, I think it's time for Christians - not the evangelical fundamentalist types - to begin to stand up and be counted against Mr. Trump. It must be done prayerfully, non-violently and compassionately. But it must also be done with the message that under no uncertain terms can this man be elected to anything. And it must be done publicly and firmly with no retaliation, vitriol or need for vengeance. And it's time for our Bishops and leaders to speak out with the authority they possess to denounce the behavior we have witnessed in recent days and weeks. Such behavior is not an option and we need to do all we can to confront it without resorting to the same behaviors because to resort to such behaviors is to betray Christ.
I'm just an insignificant parish priest and I can do a lot in my own sphere. But we need to be a united front standing against the forces of bigotry, racism, homophobia and all the rest of the isms and phobias being voiced. Someone smarter than I must know how to begin. This need not be a clerically lead movement. The Laity has a power of its own which, when put into place, an be unstoppable.
As a student of history, the silence of the Churches in Germany until it was too late gave National Socialism a leg up. While Mr. Trump's movement isn't exactly National Socialism, it IS right wing extremism that stands against everything that Jesus taught and teaches us. Its results will be a catastrophe
Where and how do we start?

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