It would seem to me that we regularly fall short, as individuals, as people of faith, and as a nation. True, both sets of words that I have shared have been lifted out of their respective contexts. Both sets are certainly subject to ranges of interpretations. But both sets also point us to possibilities that we are not presently attaining.
As I witness images of people at our southern border, caged and suffering in so many ways, I am reminded of two of the questions from our Church’s baptismal covenant, “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” and “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”
Some, whom I know, have made their way to our southern border in order to be able to bear witness to all that is going on, to offer relief to those who suffer or to advocate for those who have sought asylum in our country, legally or otherwise. Although we may hold differing opinions about how to properly secure our nation’s borders, surely we can be united in our care and compassion for those who have presented themselves to us in the midst of need. How many more images must we see before our hearts are moved?
Our Church’s Office of Public Affairs has published an article detailing ways that members of The Episcopal Church have responded to this humanitarian crisis. You can find this article by clicking
. Some of us may wish to support these ongoing initiatives. Others may want to become involved closer to home, perhaps through support of the work of the
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
As we celebrate Independence Day this year, waving flags and watching fireworks, let us neither take for granted the rights we have been given as citizens of this nation nor the responsibilities we bear as citizens of the kingdom of God. May our outrage with what we witness, lead us to God in prayer and then from prayer to action.
May God’s blessings be with us all this Independence Day, and may God’s Holy Spirit lead us to work effectively for justice and peace among all people.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina