“If we really hate someone, the best way to oppress them is through legal avenues. Because then we don’t have to admit hating anyone. We can hide behind systems. We can say, “Well, I wish it was different, but this is just the way things are.” From Nobody Left Out: Jesus & the Way of Sorrows: A Messy, Broken Journey Through the Stations of the Cross by Michael Murray
It really does not matter if I think rightly, feel outrage at others less enlightened, loudly proclaim that something must be done, if I do not ACT in support of changed. Sending a check is good, especially if you confirm that you are sending it somewhere where it will actually do more than pay salaries of people who want to do "good." Even better: show up in person and volunteer in support of change and compassion and meeting people face-to-face to travel along side during troubled days. Because no matter how much "better" our thinking is, only in connection, community and relationship can meaningful change occur and last.
Let us pray for one another: Lord, give us a hunger for finding ways to connect with hurting people, to listen and love, to advocate actively, to accept our own discomfort in support of others who face challenges we are grateful we don't experience -- even in our dreams. AMEN