Desperate people do desperate things.
- Parents illegally cross borders to find a better life for their children.
- Teachers strike to get better benefits for themselves, better facilities for their schools, better resources for their students.
- Oppressed people throw rocks and homemade bombs at their enemies across fences to protest for their cause.
Some of us find these practices understandable and some of us are outraged. As people of faith, we are called to trust in God when we are oppressed or insecure or losing ourselves. But then Jesus also calls us to be act boldly against what is unjust.
Martin Luther put it this way: Pecca fortiter, sed fortius fide et gaude in Christo. ”Sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ more boldly still.”
It’s a lifelong journey trying to figure all this out. What are we willing to do to live out our faith? What is right and what is wrong? I wish we could have civil conversations about these things.
Image is from an art gallery for the works of undocumented students.