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Christian Imagination in a Tragic Time

Posted July 21, 2016

Quote from Timothy E. Kimbrough of Nashville's Christ Cathedral Episcopal Church:

 

"The Christian’s vocation to discipleship must be quickened by prophetic imagination. Some may suggest it should be quickened by love or diligence or even sacrifice. But I believe that imagination is of the first order. Love may rely on sentiment. Diligence may spring from a simple desire for order. Sacrifice may suggest some earned reward. The Cross and Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ, however, invite the Christian to see with the eyes of God. Look carefully and the promised New Creation comes into focus, a new creation where people from 'every family, language, tribe, and nation' gather around the throne of God in praise (Revelation 4).

 

No matter where that vision takes you, it certainly does not include a repetition of the events like those we have seen in recent days across this country in Texas, Louisiana, and Minnesota. Instead, this vision honors the image of God embedded in every human being. This vision grieves the racist's expression of hate. This vision names the silent apathy complicit in perpetuating the cycle of sin in a broken world where skin color, history, and economic standing become idols of devotion.

 

Christian imagination resists the notion that violence is the solution to injustice. Christian imagination resists the notion that nothing can be done today or that every injustice will be resolved in a future age. Instead Christian imagination requires that you live now as you will live then."

 

A Prayer from the Moyo Team:

 

God our Maker, tragedy has silenced us.

 

How could we ever express our grief at violence? What words are adequate for the confusion, fear, and emptiness that accompany innocent lives lost?

 

We pray for the families, friends, and communities surrounding Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, and Brent Thompson.

 

We pray for all friends and families of victims of violence across the world. We hold in our minds each death and injury suffered in Istanbul and Kabul.

 

As we begin to list the tragedies, we feel there is no end. We continue to remember all events of mass violence that have occurred in our lifetimes.

 

Remind us that you are not a distant God, that you have made our suffering your own, that the world turns by your body broken and blood shed.

 

"Restore us, O God;

make your face shine on us,

that we may be saved." (Psalm 80:3)

 

Amen.


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