Freedom or Hypocrisy

As Americans celebrate their independence from the British crown today, I am struck by the diametrically opposing views from the readings this Sunday to that rugged individualism and independence. In the reading from Ezekiel, we hear that the prophet is being sent to a people who have turned their back on God in favor of their own power (i.e. rugged individualism and independence). And God warns Ezekiel that they will likely not listen to his message, but there will be no doubt that a prophet has been among them.

As Americans, we all too often rely on our own power and ignore the greater community around us. I hear people who say they support the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, women, and the homeless who turn around and vote for policies and politicians who wish to strip the rights of all those people away. They show themselves to be hypocrites of the highest order when they proclaim their support while working to further marginalize those communities.

If we truly want to follow Jesus, we must be willing to work for the betterment and good of all people. We need to build up each other rather than tear each other down. We must fight for the rights of all marginalized people. Our Founding Fathers expected this of us, and yet we turn our back on their dream.

While claiming this is a Christian Nation (which it is not), some of our fellow country people do everything in their power to take food from the homeless (criminalize homelessness), take rights away from the LGBTQIA+ community (removing healthcare from them, taking away the right to marry), and diminish women (removing bodily autonomy and the right to make their own medical decisions).

If we truly want to win people for the Christ, we must actually live the gospel message. We must help the poor and homeless. We must fight for the equality of women, people of color, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Not only that, but we must stand against efforts to take us back into the Dark Ages with programs like Project 2025.

Otherwise, we are nothing more than self-absorbed, self-righteous hypocrites.

Will you work with me to follow the message of the Christ?

Pax et Bonum,

Bishop Greer