Here I Stand

“Here I stand, I can do no other”

This weekend, we celebrate the Reformation in the Lutheran church. Next year, in 2017, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther was all about changing and reforming the church. This movement began with good ol Marty nailing the 95 thesis or rather 95 rules to the castle doors in Wittenberg.

Today, my heart, soul, and mind wonder if it is time for another reformation of sorts. Who do we welcome into our buildings and pews? Last weekend, several friends and colleagues gathered in Chicago for the inaguaral gathering of #decolonizelutheranism. (To read their beliefs, head here!) I followed along on the Twitter stream and the livestream whenever I could. What I saw unfolding was the Holy Spirit moving and breathing as in that place, the church we all dream of was happening. A church where all are welcomed; no exception.

“Here I stand, I can do no other!”

I have to be honest friends. I’ve had to step away from social media, FB, etc this week in light of all that is happening here in ND in regards to the Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock. The reality is real people will be affected no matter what happens. Oil workers/families who will lose their livelihood. Protestors who will have to eventually return to their homes. Police officers and law enforcement who will forever be seen as evil because of the acts of some of them. Farmers who are losing income because of where the protestors are standing.

One of my friends husbands is a highway patrolman. In my heart of hearts, I know that he would never hurt anyone. Yet that’s not the picture the media is portraying. Yesterday buffalo stampeded down the hill to the protest sites. Many believe it was of God (which I’m not denying). But others also report that the protestors drove them onto the site.

“Here I stand, I can do no other.”

I’m honestly embarrassed by some of the comments I’ve read. We are forgetting that we are all beloved children of God. We need to treat each other with respect and “love our neighbors as we love ourselves!” It’s who God call us to be in this world.

For when we are able to stand together, despite our differences, the Word is made flesh as we love each other fully and with no exceptions. We are united as one body who embodies the Word in this broken world.

“Here I stand, I can do no other!”

11 thoughts on “Here I Stand

  1. I didn't realize this was happening in North Dakota. I'm guilty of not following National news because so much of it is biased, it's hard to know the truth. Thank you for sharing the truth of Jesus, for which we can always stand firm.

  2. This was interesting because I didn't know what was happening inn up there either. I'm like your other commenter and have stayed away from more news and Facebook lately. It's all so depressing and political. Thank you for writing this-you're experiencing it and it was touching. The native Americans do seem to have a lot to teach the rest of us. I live in West Michigan. Blessings to you.

  3. I hear you. Oh, I hear you. I was just talking to my husband about taking a social media break too (aside from the blogging aspects). Mostly because of the election. I nothing about the ND Standing Rock, but I can image, because the feelings and division is the same. Ugh, come Lord Jesus.

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