What a significant week this has been in the life of our country! From the extradition efforts on Edward Snowden to the repeal of protections of the Voting Rights Act, to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act to the upholding of Proposition 8 in California. On the State front there is still inadequate funding for our schools, major attacks on women’s health, and the immediate movement to obstruct full participation of people of color in our democracy.
As Christians, our baptismal covenant requires of us to seek and serve Christ in all people and to respect the dignity of every person. Our worlds coalesce today as our politicians and jurists put before us stark and nuanced choices about the worth of persons. How we treat and think about those who differ from us is a sign of God’s presence or absence in the world.
We may not all agree on every policy that comes down the line as Christians. As followers of Jesus though, we have to insist on respecting every human person and to do the work of our Lord. Healing, embracing those at the margins, proclaiming freedom, working for wholeness, caring for the widows and orphans and the demon possessed is our ministry.
Today a major step has been taken in our country by the Supreme Court’s striking down of DOMA and Proposition 8. Full justice has not been achieved. May we continue as the Church to model dignity and work for it.