Yesterday evening I gathered with a small group of people (via Zoom!) to discuss last Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, heightened political tensions in our communities and within our families, and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our personal relationships. Within our group there were deep feelings of anger, disappointment, anxiety, sadness, exhaustion, embarrassment, numbness, and fear. I too have felt all of these emotions, especially over the past week. I have even struggled to put pen to paper regarding it all-not because I am unsure of what I think (my thoughts are quite clear on these matters) but because I haven’t found a way to cohesively and affectively communicate those thoughts.
Esau McCaulley, PhD has found a way in his article Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election. I encourage you to read this powerful and eloquently written piece. For those unfamiliar with Esau McCaulley, he is the assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, an Anglican priest, and Canon Theologian for his diocese (Churches for the Sake of Others). If you are on Twitter, he’s certainly worth following. I’ll leave you with these words which summarize a lot of what I’ve recently been thinking:
“Whenever truth bends to power, the poor and the marginalized inevitably suffer…lies can only be maintained by violence.”
–Esau McCauley, PhD.
Blessings to you all, RTD