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posted Nov 11, 2016, 3:15 PM by Parish Administrator   [ updated Nov 11, 2016, 3:21 PM ]
Taking words from my cousin, The Rev. Orinzie Hooks Jr.: "For everyone saying that God is in control, let me remind you that God has never stopped anyone from choosing evil. God's sovereignty has never abrogated the responsibility of men and women. God is not a puppet master. You choose."

On this day after the Presidential Election, one thing is clear: We have chosen.

And what we have chosen as a country for the last 40 odd years is to pretend: to pretend that the demon of White supremacy was dead, to pretend that the demon of misogyny was dead, and pretend that our nation was made of people who believed in equality.

People gave lip service to the idea that our differences made us stronger, but that was only pretend.

The results of this election frighten and disappoint me. My kids are scared of their future. My youngest child is convinced that we need to move to Canada because the President-elect "hates Black people and Mexicans and people who are different."

It breaks my heart that my children are scared, but if I am honest with myself, I am equally frightened. In that dark part of my heart where hopelessness and despair live, in my worries of how to keep my children from harm, I must confront the lies I've told myself about our "great society." And as appealing as Canada might look today, I know that there is no such thing as a safe place.

There is no place in this world untainted by human greed. There is no nation where girls are safe from molestation and children are safe from terror. There is no land free of hatred, no place of peace. There is no place to which I can flee that guarantees that my children will not face hardship or suffering.

Moses said, "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live... (Deut. 30:19)." We must choose real life. There will never be peace unless we choose to seek peace. There will never be justice unless we choose justice.

God gives us the freedom to choose over and over again. It seems to me that my country has chosen division. We have chosen us vs. them.

But even now, I see an opportunity. At the very least, we can choose to stop pretending.

We take off our progressive tinted glasses. We look at the America in which we live in all of its brokenness and see all of its demons. We can now work to become the people we are called to be. We can dedicate ourselves to being people of peace and reconciliation.

We can stop pretending, and be the Church.
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