The Devil is in the details II, The Sacrifice

 

Rush Limbaugh’s labeling of legal student Sandra Fluke this past week created a firestorm of verbal attacks and deceptive reasoning.  Ms. Fluke was simply exercising her right to speak out at a congressional hearing. In the sad commentary that followed, many people presenting themselves as living on the moral high ground nearly condoned this reckless discourse or stayed silent on the matter.  In our so-called post-racial, diverse “thousand points of light, twenty-first century America,” how can this be?

Making ourselves a sacrifice  in order to build a bridge is not only correct, but biblical.  The root of the word religion is religare, which means to bind together that which is disconnected.  Christ was the sacrifice slain before the world.  His sacrifice bridged the divide of sin and righteousness, God and man, and man to one another.  But in order for that to happen, grace had to be secured, the amazing grace that sounds so sweet.

In an illuminating conversation with Peter, Jesus foreshadowed the events of his crucifixion when Peter veered off course.  Peter had just pronounced one of the greatest revelations of human history by proclaiming that Jesus was “the Christ, son of the living God.”  However, moments later, Jesus told Peter to “get behind me, Satan.”  What happened?

Darkness is always at work, even when we speak the truth, or at least the truth as it seems to us.  Jesus was in charge of his personal sacrifice (John 10:18).  He was powerful because he laid down his life for us.  We mortal men and women are far more extreme compared to the son of God than any disagreement, skin complexion, ethnic group or political philosophy.  Yet, Christ sacrificed himself for us.

Our humanity dictates that we need not rely upon our human nature of fight or flight that ultimately divides us.  We, as followers of Christ, need to sacrifice our self-righteousness in order unite.  The great deception is that we are drawn to television, the internet and blogs for the Roman Coliseum-like spectacle concerning stories, such as the one about Limbaugh and Fluke.  Yet we miss the point that we are all one ethnic, derogatory comment or slanderous sweeping generalization away from suffering the same humiliation as Ms. Fluke.  We must consider the words of Martin Niemöller, a protestant pastor who opposed Adolf Hitler.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak out for me.” -Martin Niemöller

Kevin K. Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

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  1. […] a woman in labor, if not for discomfort (pain) the growth of new life would never come. Jesus suffered on the cross and out of that came the growth of a new creation called the Church. Electricity, water and human nature have this in common; they take the pathway of least resistance. […]



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