Many weeks ago, the Sunday after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in Florida, I longed to find peace in a worship service. I wanted to pray with others who might also be aching over the profound sadness and anger felt after a teenage boy is shot in this country for no reason while nobody is held accountable.
To my astonishment, neither Trayvon Martin nor George Zimmerman were mentioned in worship. I left feeling a little empty.
I wonder about what was not mentioned yesterday in worship.
- Was there a church that failed to mention the tragedy in the Philippines?
- Was there a church in Illinois that failed to note last week’s vote in favor of marriage equality? (I imagine that some congregations would be thanking God while others are asking for God’s mercy.)
- Was there a church that failed to mention the sacrifices given by our veterans and their families?
What was not mentioned yesterday in worship and why?
Was there a congregation two Sundays ago that failed to mention that we live in a world where someone can be shot while asking for help – especially if she is a stranger with dark skin? I’d bet that most congregations did not hear prayers for the family of Renisha McBride.
Some churches do not like “to bring politics” into the pulpit. But what’s political?
- Is it political to mention crises resulting from Acts of Nature? Probably not.
- Is it political to ask God to work through our leaders to help victims of Acts of Nature? Maybe.
- Is it political to pray for our leaders and their families after an election? Some would definitely say ‘yes’ especially if they didn’t vote for them.
What is unmentionable – or simply unmentioned – for pastoral prayers in your congregation? And why?
Image of Renisha McBride – age 19 – who was shot to death in Dearborn Heights, MI trying to get help after her car broke down.