Easter Message

This letter was part of our church bulletin this Easter morning, and I think it needs to be   shared.

Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church
Holy Week 2016

“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”

On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.

In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.

In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.

We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 – 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX.


One thought on “Easter Message

  1. A good sermon always causes one to give pause to reflect
    But there are bad people out in the world trying to do bad things to us and our loved ones, for what we are and what we believe.
    And worse yet, doing very bad things to people that have no hope of protecting themselves or bettering their lot in life.
    Strength, power, compassion, wealth, and the wisdom to wield these tools to truly help those less fortunate, without imposing our own values on those we are trying to help.
    It is a very delicate balance that must be used carefully to prevent causing inadvertent suffering.
    I hope we are worthy of the blessings we have been given to help others.

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