Forgetting God in the recipe of a solid, sacramental marriage is like ignoring or forgetting a key ingredient in a recipe – it simply doesn’t turn out as well as we expected.
While Jesus never mentions homosexuality in the Gospels—not once, he repeatedly insists that the outsider, the marginalized, the oppressed—those whom others regard as sinners—are loved by God and the primary focus of God’s gracious activity. Many will be surprised to discover that the people they reject will be first in the Kingdom of Heaven. ~ Pastor Mark Reynolds
” The Gospel takes away our right, forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.” ~ Dorothy Day
Trump’s wall has become a false god and a symbol of all that is not great with America. Our desire for power over people instead of power with people. Our unwillingness to be governed by our own laws. Our disdain for the faith-based principles calling us to care for one another, found in all sacred texts.
~ Traci Blackmon and Caleb Lines in Sojourners
A quote from two conservatives, Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution and Peter Wehner of the right-leaning Ethics and Public Policy Center, from an article they wrote for the New York Times:
The most troubling — and from our point of view the most disappointing — development of the Trump era is not the president’s own election and subsequent behavior; it is the institutional corruption, weakness and self-betrayal of the Republican Party. The party has abandoned its core commitments to constitutional norms, to conservative principles and even to basic decency. It has allowed itself to be hijacked by a reality television star who is a pathological liar, emotionally unsteady and accountable only to himself. And it has embraced presidential conduct that, if engaged in by a Democrat, it would have been denounced as corrupt, incompetent and even treasonous.
A wall is not a sign of strength and can never secure a nation. Only relationships can do that. ~ Rev. Traci Blackmon and Rev. Caleb Lines
“A shutdown falls on the president’s lack of leadership. I mean problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top. A shutdown means the president is weak.”
— Donald Trump in 2013
Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of person, who are tortured, bombed and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room Christ is present in the world.
“…for Trump, lying is indeed more than just a means to some material end. It is the end itself: the destruction of truth as the only basis of accountability.”
~ Laurence Tribe on Twitter
Cryptocurrency, that supposedly revolutionary and transformative technology: “if its rate of growth continues, by next year Bitcoin alone will account for the same level of carbon output as the entire United States.”
~ James Bridle in The New Yorker (September, 2018)