Posts Tagged ‘Drone Strikes’

Two weather fronts collide

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Churches face a call – a call to have something to say.  That is not easy.  And I for one certainly would prefer, many days, to have nothing to say!

In offering words, we are tasked with being loving, bold, and clear.  We are tasked with saying it with words and actions.  We are tasked with making such offerings from a spirit of grace and reconciliation not bombast or hubris.  We are asked to be joyously dangerous!

Some days, I feel woefully under-equipped to do any of it.

And then God offers His notoriously not-so-subtle wakeup calls.  Reading on the Air Force’s website that the Reaper drone employs “… a unique capability to autonomously execute the kill chain” was one such moment.

Those words chill.  The role of church is not to direct votes a certain direction, nor to become captured by easily demarcated political poles of right or left.  We have to find the humility and courage to consistently follow Christ’s “Third Way.”  And so trying to find that neither-nor ground of the Third Way, and speak boldly from that place at the same time, I struggle deeply and painfully with someone using such chilling words to reference the efficacy of the Reaper’s “kill chain.”   I think Christ would have something to say.  And I think he would say it to all sides and to all of us.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”  (Matt. 23:23)

Those words are not soft and are frankly more easily left unsaid.  But I do believe, despite all my immense fears and anxieties, that we are called to say something as a church.   At times weather fronts do collide.