MOTHER MARY’S CHRISTMAS PROMISE

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Normally, the presidential election wouldn’t make religious news. Sadly, however, the fact that a person who spreads a message of hate and intimidation was elected with the support of white evangelicals makes this a headliner and the year’s top religion story.

My choices for the best religion stories of 2016 are more hopeful:

  1. Standing Rock Protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which Sioux members said would foul their sacred lands. Their protest was joined by clergy and religious activists from around the country.
  2. Representation of the Muslim community by Khizar and Ghazala Khan, who described the death of their son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, in Iraq at the Democratic National Convention in protest of Mr. Trump’s anti-Muslim statements.
  3. Wearing of a headscarf by Wheaton College Professor Larycia Hawkins in solidarity with Muslims and her dismissal by the school for saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Here’s My Take: Coming together in solidarity, speaking out against hatred, and identifying with the persecuted – these are the hopeful signs of faithfulness in dark times.

In our continuing resistance, we’ve reason to believe that next year will be better than the last.

For Christians, it is a resistance born of “Mary’s Song.” In describing the significance of Jesus’ birth, Mary says that God “has scattered the proud …. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.” (Luke 1:51)

 

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