Archive for March 10th, 2007

And One Stands Up

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Today’s scripture: John 12:37-43 (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Pam Beutler):

We’ve seen it, over and over again in human history, when individuals reach the point where they just can’t take it anymore. It could be bleak forced poverty, oppressive slavery, or denial of basic rights. They are shunned and forced to live as outcasts. One day, this person takes a stand. Sometimes, they work quietly to bring about change.

Jesus began his ministry in Galilee; a Rabbi among the outcasts, walking and working miracles among them. He told them they are loved, and they are part of God’s plan — a very important piece in this puzzle of the world.

The brave men and women in the 1960’s in New York City took a stand, marched forward at Stonewall, and brought momentum to a movement that professed, we are proud, we are gay, and we are Americans.

A soldier in full uniform steps forward at a his state’s Legislature. He tells his story of service to his country, and that because of the oath he has taken, he must speak out against discrimination about to be made law. Demoted in rank a few days later, he continues to serve his country and stand up for all of his gay brothers and sisters.

And today just another small church in Indiana — whose pastors know that Jesus died for all of us without exception — takes a stand. That church believes that the “Good News” tells of love and equality for all.

It’s not just the GLBT or the outspoken who are fighting the stones of hatred; it’s the proud parents of PFLAG, or senators and representatives who make equality part of their election platform, or many unnamed, everyday people who come out at their jobs and to families and friends so they can live their lives with integrity.

Christ preached long ago that all are welcome in God’s Kingdom, and He did so at great personal risk. It isn’t easy making this world a better place — for Him, or for us.

Thought for the day: Where are you? Is there a stand you’re called to take?

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Those in our congregation who are dealing with serious medical conditions, including Caroline, Heather, and Reed; Buddy, Erik, Joan, Caroline, and Greg.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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