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Recently, 50 migrants were flown to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, by Florida governor Ron DeSantis. He claimed,” We are not a sanctuary state, and it is better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”
For Christians, Jesus is the way, as well as the life and the truth.
Surely Jesus would not have made such a powerful commitment unless he meant it. Perhaps for African Americans, this commitment is especially important. Yet, since 1619, the promise often appears late in coming. Being the most oppressed among those living in America, blacks have been (and continue) to be damned by their white neighbors.
A couple of weeks ago the New York Sunday Times had a long report on American youth. It was called “It’s Life or Death: The Mental Health Crisis among US Teens.” Surprisingly absent from the Times report is any indication of the loss or lack of meaning among the young. Do they feel their lives have meaning, or their future, the earth, the country, the church?
But hope is not a wish. It is the expression of faith in God’s promises and our commitment to live so as to make the present world better. The present signs of chaos may be the call to change and simplify our lives, to learn how to live the human story in a new way.
The pandemic has been revealing our connectedness as people of this planet. Separation and isolation are the biggest anti-human ways we sin. Unity (not uniformity) shows how we are created in the image of God – three in one, different but the same.