This moment is thick with anxiety… worry, frustration, anger… a sense of dis-ease in the present and in what the future may hold. Polls find that a large majority of Americans believe our country is on the wrong track.
This is not new. We’ve found ourselves in such moment’s many times before.
A long time ago, I decided to fight back, not resorting to the force of domination that only produces more anxiety and dis-ease, but employing what Paul called “the weapons of righteousness.”
Conventional wisdom holds that the ends justify the means, but the greater truth is that the means shape the ends.
Christians fight back by speaking the truth in love as God gives us light to see the truth. We work together in charity for our neighbors and extending hospitality to the stranger. We live in the disciplines of prayer and worship, with peace in our hearts, confident that as we take the risks to serve justice and make peace in the world, God is with us.
A long time ago, I decided to take a stand in the Good News of Jesus Christ and, with the community of Christ’s followers, to fight back against the forces of discord and domination. We fight back against the settling of scores between winners and losers in a new paradigm of transforming lives.
In the face of so much anxiety, I invite you to engage your church. Come to organize and train with us for fighting back with the weapons of righteousness
Rev. David Pattee, Senior Pastor