This week’s commentary on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern: “Fighting Back Against Evil and Injustice”
Ways to Fight Back Against an Evil and Dangerous World
By Rev. Paul J. Bern
It is fundamentally unfair that ever greater numbers of US senior citizens live into their 100’s while mired in poverty. As this is happening, the horrific specter of terrorism rears its ugly head as it spreads globally, threatening everything in its path over, ironically, religious differences. One priest/minister saves lepers and drives out demons, another abuses kids. One Nazi ran the ovens while others hid Jews. There’s life and death, positive and negative, good and bad in all kinds of folks, even the ‘bad’ ones. And when we marvel at those contradictions we have a ready explanation. There’s good and bad everywhere, in all races, nations, societies. We have yet to bridge our differences in race or culture or nationality or faith, but at least we can all agree on that simple truth while we continue to work on all the others.
We live in a 21st century of instant communication, jumbo jets, knowledge and computing powers that grow exponentially, and everything on social media and cable TV all the time. National boundaries are beginning to blur. Races, ethnicity’s and various nationalities are mixing. Our globe has shrunk into an overheated marble, yet the world seems more fractured than ever. So much divides us while so much more scares us half to death. The ever-present threat of nuclear war, or a sudden and unexpected job layoff are two things I can think of.
What unites us, then? Religion? It could, but having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is much better because it can unite us all when put into practice, as it is written, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2nd Timothy 2, verses 11–13) Meaning that Jesus Christ, as always, is and has the answers we are all searching for. The maximum number of true God’s is only one. Yet we’ve been waging wars for millennia over what to call him and whether he likes his picture…