(CLAIMER: First things first here: Jesus is Lord not Donald Trump. I need that on the record, and I am willing to die saying it.)
I really wanted to write a post dealing with race and racism as a white man. I will shelve that for now because MTG hit me with fresh offensive headlines yesterday that need to be addressed. Yes, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is known primarily as a humble, Jesus-loving, devotee of a crucified savior, thinks that the church (Catholic Church to be specific at that level) is not only out of line for helping needy immigrants, but specifically out of line for using federal money in the process, but even more she wants to insult and/or defame the church as an instrument of Satan.
Yeah. She put religion and state together in the most heinous way, set herself up as judge, and didn’t stop until she attributed church work to Satan.
That is so boldly caustic and inexcusable as to need addressed.
Now… I don’t wish to be one more offended voice in the cacophony of contemporary politics, nor do I wish to be a hater. I don’t want to be a liberal either, but my seat among conservatives has been taken, leaving me nowhere to sit among them (and maybe that is a good thing in the grand scheme too).
No, I don’t wish to push the political football down the field for either side or to slaughter a politician for doing what we vote them in to do.
Instead, I want to piggyback off her comment and ask you, dear reader, to THINK it through carefully.
“A house divided cannot stand.” -Jesus
A church reaching out in loving ministry to poor, needy, marginalized people in the name of Jesus simply cannot be from Satan. On the contrary, the passage where we find Jesus saying this line is a scene where his political accusers claim he too is from Beelzebul. (Yeah, MTG, it’s been tried before, and look out because THIS is the “unforgivable sin” you are flirting with.)
We are talking now, not so much about offensive language, and certainly not about American politics (certainly not in some shallow, surface level). Instead, we are talking about a divided house. The house of God.
I will leave it to YOU, dear reader, to make the connections. Ask in a comment, if you need to do so. But if you want to talk about Satan’s church, then explain “Cowboy church” to me.
I am a Catholic. I am not taking some personal offense to MTG because she picks on Catholics. For that matter, I am not a “good” Catholic. I come from a different faith heritage, actually. But I am certified Catholic as part of my personal effort to find UNITY in the house of God.
As far as my personal taste for these things goes, I LIKE Methodists – even those liberals who get all gooey about LGBTXYZ! They taste better in my mouth. But my heritage never was part of that one. We broke with the Christian Church who broke with Presbyterians. My faith family tree descends through other branches than Methodist. But nearly all of us can trace our way back to Catholic, and I did not want to merely run off and join something I LIKEd, but rather to be a part of healing the breach my fathers and grandfathers helped create.
Let us undivide the house!
Let us love immigrants and homeless and sojourners like God outlines in the Bible and not call it Satan’s work. Let us get at the same communion, the same Jesus, and claim the LOVE of God which our world needs far more than it needs even one single Republican.
Somebody leave me the AMEN.