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We are called to reach out to those who find themselves in the existential peripheries of our societies and to show particular solidarity with the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the disabled, the unborn and the sick, migrants and refugees, the elderly and the young who lack employment.
Jesus believing Christians are joined in the streets by leaders of Muslim, Jewish and no faiths.
Conservative friends constantly ask why real Muslims do not condemn loudly the terrorists attempting to hijack Islam.
They ignore, or will not acknowledge, the constant condemnation of these terrorists from every sector of the Muslim world.
Similar to military regulations, religious extremists can find some words or interpretation of sacred readings to justify nearly any action. Very devout Aztecs ripped hearts out of living victims and equally devout Christian priests and government officials did even worse by devising slow, deliberate torture before killing their victims.
Now, United States Christians seem to have joined the ranks of those mislead zealots for whom no deed is too heinous in service to their prejudice.
The Nuns on the Bus group of Catholic sisters first spoke out loud and clear about Christian duty and our responsibility to each other.
At the community level, I see religious priests and believers of all denominations trying desperately to give voice to their belief in the real message of Jesus in the face of government preaching the old heresy of wealth indicating virtue.
Only after a leader’s passing did the structure and hierarchy begin to be layered over their message as the religion took shape.
Now, it appears that Christians have that proverbial mote in their own eye.
Actual Christian leaders should be standing up and condemning Donald Trump and his conservative policies for being not remotely Christian.
Fake Christians long ago learned that selective outrage works better than attacking ‘love one another’ head on.
When segregation was a national issue, fake Christians opposed interracial marriage.