Thus says Jephthah to the LORD Whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites shall be the LORD’s to be offered up as a burnt offering. Jephthah conquered. His daughter was the first to greet him. He honored his vow. (Judges 11:30-31)
WHO WOULD FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THAT PROMISE?
Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ They kept heaping many other insults on him. (Luke 22:63-65)
BUT THAT HAPPENED 2,000 YEARS AGO!
He took a knife, and grasping his concubine cut her into twelve pieces, limb by limb and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel…And all who saw it said, ‘such a thing has not happened or been seen since the day the Israelites came up from the land of Egypt until this day. ‘ Consider it, take counsel, and speak out. (Judges 20:30)
Consider it, take counsel, and speak out.
It’s easier to speak out on these stories…these stories that are ancient. These stories that are ours…yet aren’t. These stories that are history. And yet reading them today they could be ours. They could be part of an NPR program or a New York Times article. It’s been a week of librarians marching on Wall Street, Domestic Violence Laws being repealed, and our churches mourning the loss of entrepreneurial genius Steve Jobs.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the i-devices just like everyone. I do think Jobs was brilliant and helped revolutionize not only the tech industry but how we as a society think and process information. And certainly he is an example of how to dream, risk, and create. BUT the fact that his loss is making headlines on the UCC web page over the loss of Derrick Bell says a little something about we the people.The fact that folks are probably going Derrick WHO? Says a little something about we the people.
The fact that three women from Liberia and Yemen just won the nobel peace prize while we are repealing Domestic Violence Laws to save money says a little something about we the people.
The reality that we have cut art, music, and libraries from schools to save money speaks volumes. The truth that migrant children in Arkansas are no longer required to be pupils at public schools testifies to the belief in public education of we the people.
The reality that a family I know is debating sending their child to Honduras for surgery because they make too much here for CHIP coverage but too little to afford medical procedures in the USA proclaims something about we the people.
I am one of these we the people. So are you. Friends, I don’t think it’s up to Washington. And I certainly don’t think it’s up to Wall Street. I think it’s you and me. It’s up to WE. WE the people. Time to make hard choices and make hard changes. Time to not only to speak out but to stand up. Time to put into practice what we proclaim.
I for one will not balance a budget over the care of people’s bodies, minds, and souls. If this means I need to be better at buying locally and buying less. OK. If this means I need to drive the same car for many years. Ok. If this means I need to carpool, cook-in, and collaborate. OK. I am one of the we. That means some of this change is up to me.
What are you going to do?