There are dramas aplenty for the living.
Republican candidates are posturing, the President is mingling, protesters are gathering and the polite veneer we put on being community in these days is being fissured but good.
We are what we read and believe, aren’t we?
Charts are flying through cyber space indicating that the economic well-being of many is in worse shape than it has been since before the Great Depression. Corporations are flourishing while actual earning power is languishing for those who are working. The number of those who cannot find work is dismally high.
Facts is facts, right?
Except that facts get spun, depending upon ideology. Whether liberal or conservative, we latch onto the “facts” that support our perspective. And if those facts get our hearts racing and our sense of umbrage pumping, they are precious indeed (evidently).
I’m aware of the power and privilege of preaching every Sunday. I’m aware that every time I approach the fear-and-trembling task involved in weaving Holy teachings into the plot of daily living, I’m coming from a perspective molded by which facts I cotton to.
Facts don’t lie, right?
But whose facts?
I was in conversation recently with someone working in a drastically changing profession (so say we all, right?). The benchmarks for what makes for professional integrity in her field are shifting. She is doing her work grounded in what she holds to be basic tenets of competency. Others have tossed off those tenets as expendable. It is wracking her.
As Wesleyans, we are called to assess our preaching, our living, our giving and our being through the lenses of Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.
Nothing I have encountered through any of those four lenses prop up the gouging of the poor. Nothing.
Nothing I have encountered through any of those four lenses prop up the notion that God and God’s people are to dismiss and seek to silence the crying out of the oppressed. Nothing.
Which tenets are expendable in the practice of Christianity?
The question is wracking us, but good.