Notes from the Pastor
The Christ We Crucify Today
Today we come together to mark the Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wonder, as we set in our comfortable homes, with all our belongings and we attend our local church and happily sing our hymns and pray our prayers.
Who are The Christ We Crucify Today.
From the ignorance of our hearts we call for the crucifixion of many of our brothers and sisters. We call to nail them to the cross, hoist them on high. We fail to learn all the facts, we are quick to judge others. We tell our children to not judge others, but often we do this to others. Those whom are wrongly judged and shunned in our community, outcast because of past actions of which restitution has been paid.
The marginalized are The Christ We Crucify Today.
When we call people others because of the color of their skin or the place of their birth. We say "we are happy the other people join us in worship;" but in our hearts we say that they do not belong in our society. They are imprisoned in for profit deportation camps across our states. Forced though our legal system, often without the help of translators, and legal aid. We have convinced our self that they are less human than we are, by complaining about them taking the jobs we don’t want or refuse to take.
The other people are The Christ We Crucify Today.
The people across our nation and the world whom have no access to shelter, food, clothing, and clean water. From our places in Utopia we send money. However, often only pennies of every dollar actually make it to those people. We blame those on welfare for our country's deficit. However, we turn a blind eye to blatant government waste of our tax dollars, and corporate greed. We call for cuts to welfare and aid instead of cuts to government spending, salaries, and the pay of fortune 500 CEO’s. The poor and impoverished we are happy to give less education and even unsanitary living conditions. Meanwhile, we comfortably live in our safe neighborhoods with all the essentials we need.
The impoverished are The Christ We Crucify Today.
The mentally ill, elderly, and handicapped are locked away in a for profit long term care facilities. Removed from society and family lives because we can not afford to take care of them. Forced to live a lonely existence not allowed much human interaction. Many go weeks without going outside to enjoy the fresh air, and or leaving the facilities. Many homes are decades old, with very little upkeep, limited shower and bathing space. Because of staffing shortages many of these homes have not been cleaned thoroughly, and we are blissfully ignorant to the silent suffering of those people. We are free to leave our homes and our private bathrooms whenever we want.
The disabled are The Christ We Crucify Today.
The people whom are having to work below a livable wage, whom have or are obtaining an education; but are punished by unfair tax laws, and whose employment will not provide healthcare, and a wage that they can survive on. Many have no hope of advancement, due to having many jobs with confusing hours. Even if they can go to school the scholarships are not enough and the government wants their families to pay amounts they can’t afford. All the while we form our place of comfort call them lazy, and unmotivated.
Our brothers and sisters are The Christ We Crucify Today.