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TOWER LIGHTING FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
In loving memory of Betsy Kam by her friends at Allin Church.
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Maybe you’ve noticed how this culture we’re living in seems hell bent on seeing any issue from the perspective of polemic politics.
Example #1: several original books written by “Dr. Suess” in the 1930s and 1940s are no longer being published.
Example #2: Mr. Potato Head is losing his gender-specific title.
To be clear, in both of these situations, the decision was made by each parent company and neither company stands to lose any money over the decision. On the contrary, both have seen a rise in purchases of the exact items that are being affected by these decisions.
Still, social and news media outlets railed against a “Cancel Culture” that forces its politics even on these beloved characters from our childhood.
It seems to me, however, that the reasoning for these and so many other decisions large companies and small communities alike are making is not so much political as it is humanitarian. As Christian people, we know that a large part of the Good News of our gospel is about equity. Paul’s “One Body, many parts” metaphor, Jesus’ greatest commandment, and Mary’s joyful declaration, prior to the birth of Jesus, all declare the final peaceable kingdom to be one of justice that creates equity. Of course, this Kingdom is not a “some day” place, but a process in which we, as committed disciples of Jesus, participate with our lives, our faith, and our actions. Every day that we live is another day equity is realized. And Jesus tells us how to do this: feed the hungry, clothe the cold, visit the incarcerated, hear the cries of the oppressed and, of course, love your neighbor.
If our “neighbor” says that they are hurting we listen, ask what we can do to help, and then do that (a.k.a. The Good Samaritan). This is not political. It’s loving our neighbor.
It is from this humanitarian perspective that we can support Black Lives while also supporting the safety of our police officers, that we can hear the cries of bullying, threat, and rejection to LGBTQ folks, that we can support access around our community for the disabled and encourage Dedham to support our elders.
All of these are humanitarian issues, not politics. Because when our fellow creation cries out for help we come in with our love – and justice, and food, and policy, and advocacy, and change.
I’m so glad for this community that loves so freely and generously. It seems we are need out in the world. Sharing our understanding of love is our divine call.