Note From The Pastor:
October 22, 2017
From the Pastor’s Desk:
Do you want to make your pastor roll his eyes? All you have to do is copy and paste or share one of those posts that says “73% of you won’t share this post but I love Jesus so I am sharing it, and if you don’t share it, God won’t bring you a pony for Christmas” (or something like that). It is nonsense. It is a chain letter for the digital age. And worse yet, it’s bad theology. There was a post this week, though, that caught my attention. And it was one that a lot of people were copying and pasting and sharing. It did not make me roll my eyes, but I did have to wipe many tears.
Here’s what it looked like:
That was one post, shared by over 12 million women, and those are just the ones capable and willing to tell their stories. To be honest, this reality has me a bit panicked at the moment. I am the father of two daughters. Two gorgeous little girls who are growing up in a world where “boys will be boys” is still an acceptable excuse for sexual harassment or assault. Where women are not believed when they report an assault, or are blamed because of what they were wearing. (Maybe I ought to let Michaela take those Kung Fu lessons she has been asking for?)
Everywhere we look, it is one group or another that is being abused and exploited. I am wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to fix this for my girls and all the girls out there who will someday share that post. But I don’t need to because, once again, Jesus has us covered:
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” John 13: 34
Braeleigh started pre-school this week. She is so excited. She loves her classroom and her teachers. We send her to pre-school not to learn how to read and write, but how to play with others, how to share, how to treat others as she wants to be treated. It is a process to be sure. But when I see “me too” popping up, it makes me think that we might all need to go back to pre-school and learn that common decency.
I believe you,Pastor Mike
Cherry Hill United Methodist Church