The Church is the embodiment of Christ in the meantime, as Ryan Hawthorne reminded us on Advent I. Jesus’ coming is enfleshed in us today. How we act and speak is the coming of Christ for our neighbors.
That is why it is so important that we, as Church, not sit blithely by as hate, injustice, and fear grab hold of our fellow citizens. This week’s proclamation by Donald Trump that Muslims be denied entry into our country is the epitome of all three. He is fostering hate, injustice and fear with such rhetoric. It is not Christian.
Religious liberty in this country was intended to allow the spiritual practice of all of our citizens, without the imposition or interference of the government. People of all faiths and none are affected when bigotry is allowed to stand. We must call hate what it is when we see it; if ignored, it grows.
We are commanded to speak the truth in love. This love is for our neighbors and for the freedom of our country.