BLEEDING CHILDREN OF SORROW

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

It was revealed recently that members of President Trump’s Cabinet meet weekly for Bible study. Sponsoring the gatherings are Vice President Mike Pence, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Upon reflection, I would like to volunteer to lead one of their study groups. Maybe I could focus on the Psalms – Psalm 137, for example, a poem about the Babylonian conquest of the Jews and the suffering related to their forced exile.

This passage has special meaning for the refugee and the enslaved. On July 5, 1852, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass used Psalm 137 as the text of his famous speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Here’s My Take: Scripture study is about remembering that we might be more sensitive to present injustices, whether anti-immigration government policies or drastic budget cuts in services for the poor.

Frederick Douglass knew this when he said of his enslaved brothers and sisters, “If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, ‘may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!’” (Psa. 137:5-6)

Will Trump’s Bible-studying Cabinet remember in time?

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