It is my call as a follower of the Third Way made known through the Incarnation to pray for and WORK for the type of radical, paradigm shifting change that will truly allow us to beat our swords into ploughshares.
That means my faith calls me to:
Look squarely in the eye of systemic evil that creates, nurtures and excuses the sick monsters in our world that perpetrate violence that begets violence.
Speak truth to power.
Work for and with our most vulnerable citizens before the evil takes root and consumes their heart and will.
Work with and for the marginalized to establish justice in a system that thrives off of fear and loathing.
Accept my own part in the system and every day trying a little harder to live into a the faithful ideal that puts US before ME.
Believe that the Kin-dom of God is here AND yet to come, and that through realizing our interdependence with one another and God it can fully manifest.
I am called to believe it is possible even if it is not yet realized. Not blindly, not naively but with faith that the arc really is and will bend toward justice as we PARTNER with God to make it so.
Am I heartbroken over and over again as we broken and beautiful humans destroy one another over and over again?
Do I still believe it is possible, maybe not in my lifetime, or even my daughter’s but maybe, just maybe, her daughter’s?
That is how I understand and try my damnedest to live my faith.