During the season of Easter this year at Virginia-Highland Church we are listening for the voice of the Resurrected Christ calling us to “Rise Up.” Perhaps more than any time in our lives, it is imperative that we hear the Spirit’s call to rise up and do justice. These are difficult days:
- The most fiercely anti-equality United States senator is now in charge of enforcing civil rights and protecting voting rights.
- Someone who sued the Environmental Protection Agency 11 times is now its director, though he denies climate change and that pollution is a problem.
- People from the very firms that crashed the economy with their unethical greed are now regulating their former firms.
- The CEO of the last major corporation in the U.S. to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees now heads the agency that once prevented gay genocide around the world.
All of this, plus the almost weekly killing of unarmed African-American men and boys, demands that people of good conscience rise up and do justice; speak up and give voice to those at the margins; and buckle up because this is going to be a bumpy ride.
It is important for us to have a Biblical foundation to be able to articulate in our conversations and communications with family and friends how we follow Jesus and, therefore, must rise up against injustice.
Justice cannot be for just us. We must build coalitions, make friends, and fight for the rights of others. Only by presenting a united front do we have any chance against a right-wing movement that seems able to goose-step in unison. As people of good conscience who long for a more just world for ALL, we must make friends and do our homework to invest our energies working for the rights of others. WE must be the coalition builders who shape the future, or no one will.
Rev. Michael Piazza