My mother, a witty reductionist and a first-generation Chinese American, says that Chinese folks plant vegetables while white folks plant flowers.
Some of us may be yearning for the kin-dom but frustrated by jobs, family, communities, or circumstances that feel more like the Empire. But like the Galen Ersos and the magi of our lives, we also have opportunities to sabotage the Empire through our daily efforts...
To hear a recording of this sermon that I had the honor to share at HopeGateWay last week, click here. The sermon is approximated below as text:
Taiwan used to be the first Asian nation poised to ratify same-sex marriage. Last month, however, Taiwan succumbed to the effects of $33 million spent to defeat the nation’s ballot measure to ratify same-sex marriage.
Church is hard. I’ve never met more people with whom I disagree and people I don’t understand than I have at church. I’ve been disappointed in church, and I’ve disappointed others in church. Church costs time, energy, and money. It asks me to make choices I don’t want to make and to interrogate those choices thereafter. Zora’s good at most of this. Me, I’ve got farther to go.
And that’s why I belong here.
It will take the longest days and the sleeplessness, and it will take the anger and misunderstanding and the exile and the loneliness. It will take you making it through this.
It’s been a week now since the release of the Statement on God’s Justice. Over 1,000 signatures later, I ask myself what the Statement has meant and what it will mean.