Wednesday, September 17, 2014
“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:2-4 NRSV
A year ago I was blessed to meet and hear Mark Barden, parent of Daniel, one of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Their group, Sandy Hook Promise, wants to change the Newtown tragedy into an opportunity to change the culture of violence in our nation.
God asks the powers that be and us, “How long?” That you includes all of us who are not actively working to change our nation’s gun laws. How long will we let guns rule?
Although gun violence is only one facet of the injustices faced daily by the precious children of God, the love affair with a gun and the power over others that it represents is abhorrent to our loving God, who puts aside power in order to become one with us in Jesus Christ.
Join Sandy Hook Promise; let us have sensible dialogue to rescue the needy.
O LORD, you call us to give justice, to rescue the weak, to stand up to the evil in our world. Embolden us to follow Jesus in a life that challenges the status quo. Amen.
Rev. Carol Cook
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Baltimore, Maryland