The Exodus

April 5, 2006

Original Post Date:  4/5/2006 

How hard it must have been for the Hebrews to leave Egypt.  They were so used to the status quo.  To life as usual.  Then God rattled them up a bit, sent Moses in to disturb everything, and they didn't know if it was going to be ok or not.  And when they finally got out and headed towards the promised land, they kept asking the same questions:  Did we really want this?  Is it REALLY going to be ok?  Shouldn't we just stop, or leave this Moses guy, or do something different?

So it is with those of us in the ECUSA now working for the full inclusion of GLBT folks and all the baptized for all the sacraments.  The spin and rhetoric of those who don't see it our way is starting to work.  Just as the Hebrews grew weary, we are growing weary.  "Why can't we just get to the promised land?  All we want to do is be valued as human beings?  Is that so much to ask?"  But that is the constant struggle of the Gospel.  Whether it is the struggle of the poor, the sick, the tax collectors, the Samaritans, slaves, women, people of color, or any marginalized people anywhere at any time, the Gospel imperative is clear:  "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

So now we have a choice – we can follow the pillar of fire through the wilderness into the promised land, though the road may be long and hard, trusting that God will lead us into peace and justice, or we may turn aside in despair.  We know what happened to the Hebrews when they turned aside, and what happened when they trusted.  Let us learn from them and walk knowingly forward into the unknown, knowing that we are loved and trusting that the God of mercy, love, and justice will, in the fullness of time, finish the work that She has already started.

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