February 15, 2018

Lenten Thought: Unleash the burning fire in our bones

"Unleash the burning fire in our bones."
 by Gabe Huck
[T]he outcome of the presidential election ... (has) only sharpened our awareness of some facets of our society. It has heightened our sense of what is deeply wrong and exposed our need to grapple with these times. This is not new. Believers — and not only Christian believers — have long been divided about their responsibility to judge and act. Some in the community say the path to God does not require taking on the social and political struggle. Others say that such a struggle is exactly what we are to do in the name of justice. Jeremiah 20:9 is frightening: “If I say, ‘I will not speak any more in God’s name,’ then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” 

In 1967, a year before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King said that he could be silent no longer about Vietnam, but would speak the truth. He said, “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own government. I cannot be silent.”