God does not need any favors from the likes of us mere humans. Nevertheless, if you are like me–that is, if you call yourself a Christian–you can do us all a favor–you can do this nation a favor– by proving this man wrong.
He opines that we Christians are working ourselves into a fascist movement.
I have respect for this man and his opinion. Chris Hedges is a smart man, a doctor of divinity; he was a good reporter for the New York Times, and a Pulitzer prize recipient. But his assessment about Christians is incorrect. Or at least I hope it is incorrect.
Let us therefore prove him wrong in his analysis of us.
We are not fascists; nor do we want to be.
Let us remind Chris what it means to be Christian. Let us do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Let us not do to others what we would not want them to do to us.
Let us demonstrate to Mr. Hedges, and to whomever it may concern, that we live and we act on behalf of the man from Galilee who came to bring good news to the afflicted.
Let us fulfill the command of that prophet who admonished us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, and to give shelter to the those who need it.
Let us visit the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the prisoners.
Let us act on behalf of the healer who was sent to bind up the broken-hearted.
Let us be advocates for the the one who was taken prisoner, the one who came to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners.
Let us proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and of his judgement on all of us.
Let us comfort all who mourn.
Let us hunger and thirst for righteousness (not right-wingedness).
Let us be merciful.
Let us love mercy, and do justice, and walk humbly with our God.
Let us proclaim the message of the one who exhorted us to love one another.
Let us heal, if we can, as he healed the sick, the lame, the blind.
Let us speak truthfully, because we shall be made free by the truth.
Let us act honorably, as Jesus himself did on the night he was arrested, when he told Peter to put down the sword.
Let us be bold in our kindness, as he was.
Let us speak confidently about the power of love, compassion and mercy, as he did when he preached on the Mount.
Let us be brave, as Jesus was when he went to the cross rather than betray the redemptive, resurrective mission that had been laid upon his shoulders.
Let us not be haters, nor slanderers, nor liars, nor killers, nor maimers, no adulterers, nor thieves.
Let us love those who see themselves as our enemies.
Let us love those who make themselves our enemies.
Let us not be enemies.
Let us love those who despitefully use us.
Let us love those who abuse us.
Let us love those who accuse us.
Let us not become fascists.
Let us not be deceived by the fascists.
Let us not be used by the fascists.
Let us not be despised by the socialists, nor the communists, nor the jihadists.
Deliver us, Lord, from the jihadists.
Let us project calm on the political waters as you invoked calm on the sea of Galilee.
Let us be Christians who love the Lord and who strive to love all people whom the Lord has brought forth.
Let us conquer death, as you have done, Lord, and then live eternally with you in peace and love.
Let us pray.
Forgive us our trespasses, Lord, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
And Let us not be agents of evil.
We do have a message of mercy for all men and women. We do have a song to sing.