OCASSION CHRISTMAS INTITUTE VIRTUAL WORSHIP June 7, 2020 4:00 pm
SERMON RESISTANCE IS HOLY
Reference Psalm 8:4
“...what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (New Revised Standard Version of the Bible)
Introduction: 40 SECOND HOMILY: RESISTANCE gif slides.
Yesterday was the 10th day of the nationwide protests rallies, marches in the US which were led by young people who are crying out, “NO JUSTICE. NO PEACE.” World news also reported there were protests in London, Canada, Melbourne. People, young and old are doing one of the steps in voicing out, in crying out, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” in the oppression of the marginalized manifested in police brutality, in the lynching of African American members of our community like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. The next steps are ahead of us in working together to pressure our elected officials to act for radical reforms and changes in the existing laws to favor all people as we seek to live in justice and equality. One these next steps is to VOTE in November. Let your votes be counted in order to help stop the very long history of white privilege and white supremacy.
Psalm 8:4 says, “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” God is indeed mindful of every human being. God was mindful of George, Ahmaud, Breonna, the poor, the Lumads who are losing their ancestral lands in Mindanao. God is mindful of every human rights advocate who is doing the will of God in taking side with the poor. God is mindful of each and every one of us, black, brown, white, African Americans, Hispanic Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans. God is mindful of us because God intended for us to live with one another and love another.
I invite us to affirm among ourselves in our worship today, that:
We were all created in the image of God.
Created to breathe and live with one another.
No dominant single color of skin is better or supreme than others.
Racism is the Original Sin. (Jim Wallis)
JESUS is God’s image of resistance. He was a victim of injustice by the Empire.
Frantz Fanon, the author of the book, “The Wretched of the Earth,” said, “When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
In Amos 5:24 we read, "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
Our worship today is affirming that #ResistanceIsHoly as proclaimed by the United Methodist Women. Our ministry of resistance against all forms of evil such as racism is holy. You and I have been set apart as disciples of Jesus to transform the world. Resisting all forms of evil is part of the covenant we made a commitment to when we were baptized and received in the United Methodist Church.
I love to run. I ride my bicycle. Ahmaud Arbery ran for the last time in his life, about 5,000 steps, 2.2 miles pursued by people who committed hate crime. George Floyd addressed his perpetrators while catching his breath, “Sir,” because you and I just like him, especially first-generation Filipino American were taught to address with respect the colonizers, the ruling white Empire. “I can’t breathe,” was a voice crying out like, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He was not forsaken by God. He and other victims of extra-judicial killings were not abandoned by God. His voice was heard. We stand up for #ResistanceIsHoly so that we can all breathe.
EMMANUEL: God is with us. The HOLY SPIRIT sustaining us. Do not be afraid. Amen.