What you do for the least of these

Social media and the news are full of horrifying images of humans locked in cages and children dying trying to cross seas, rivers and deserts. This is 2019 and we live in dark times.

 

Some days I feel burned out and devastated by what I see.

 

I have posted about these issues here.

 

Frequently pastors are quoting Matthew 26.40:

“The King will reply, ‘ I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'”.

 

Matthew 26.42-44.

“For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me”.

 

The Vice President of the United States Mike Spence visits the detainment camps.

 

 

Watch the video here. Look at his face. 

 

 

Today our gospel reading and sermon was Luke 10.25-37. The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

 

He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and will all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love, your neighbour as yourself’. (10.27).

 

We don’t get to choose our neighbours. It doesn’t mean pick those who are like us, who are easy to love. The challenge is to fight for the oppressed.  The challenge is to aware of the risks and the stigma and the reality of being socially excluded and doing it anyway. It is about mercy and pouring out compassion.

 

Father James Martin says this:

 

 

 

If the photo of drowned father and daughter,  Oscar Alberto Martinez and Angie Valeria Martinez, does not shake you to your core, you need to have a hard look at yourself.

 

 

In 2005 the haunting photo of drowned 3 year old Alan Kurdi, a little boy from Syria, caused similar anguish.

 

 

For people proclaiming to be Christians to not be screaming from the rooftops about the deaths of children, and the detention of people, including children, in camps that are violating their human rights, we have reached a crisis on humanity. 

 

 

This art exhibition depicting the drowning hands of migrants is a powerful visual piece.

 

 

On twitter there is a hashtag #dontlookaway Follow it, share the articles, educate your friends and family. If you are able to physically protest, do so. If you are a person of faith, ensure your place of worship is screaming about these injustices. Don’t prop up this system. Don’t turn away. Don’t think going to your megachurch on a Sunday with your expensive sound systems and trendy pastors is following Christ.

 

 

I saw this beautiful image on @steampunkpanda Sarah Hans’ twitter feed. No cages.  Churches need to be leading on action against this. There are many who are, and to those pastors and congregations, I am so grateful.

 

 

If your church isn’t calling out social injustices and the structural inequalities, it’s probably time to look for a new one.

 

 

#dontlookaway #nocages

 

Gemma x