A Lot of Accusing Going On …

“On the evidence of two or three witnesses the death sentence shall be executed.’ Deuteronomy 17:6

There is a lot of accusing going on. Given the Grand Jury’s decision relative to the Michael Brown / Darren Wilson  situation, there are accusations that not enough accusing has taken place.

President Obama accuses congress of doing nothing on immigration; and congress accuses the president of overstepping his authority. Ten years ago a woman was accused – and convicted – of intoxicated homicide when her friend was killed in the car she was driving. Now, it turns out, the problem was not her condition or her driving at all; it was a faulty ignition switch. Now we can accuse GM.

And of course, there are faith communities of every religious stripe who accuse with a kind of “abandon”. Quoting their Scripture or their Prophet right and left they cling to some few letters of their law and completely abandon the spirit of it. In fact, some religious groups would have us believe that God hates just about everyone who has ever lived.

In the United States we are celebrating “Thanksgiving” this week. I wonder if just for a couple days we might overcome the temptation to accuse. Perhaps there is something to be said for that line in Romans 8:23 which tells us that everyone has fallen short of the glory of God. If we can’t resist the desire to accuse, let’s spend the next couple of days accusing only ourselves. That way we can cut our neighbors some slack. Let’s not accuse white people of being entitled, native people of false pride, poor people of laziness, rich people of greed, immigrant people of being “illegal”. Let’s put a curb especially on any felt need to accuse family members with whom we might be sharing a meal.

And with regard to that line from Deuteronomy 17 … Can we get two or three people to agree that hunger should be exterminated? Can we get an “Amen” on that one? Whether our feast comes from the woods, the farm-yard, the grocery store, or a food pantry, let’s put all accusations on “Pause” for the week, and see if we can enjoy what is put before us…And then, once the meal is over, let’s take our penchant for accusation and see if we can’t turn it into meaningful action.

A most blessed Thanksgiving to you.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.