It’s okay to take a break from the non-stop news cycle. It is all right, when being inundated by injustice, racism, hatred, violence and division to step back and not participate in its consuming nature. It does not make you less of an advocate, ally or asset. It makes you a human being who has limits and knows enough to step away when the water gets too deep.
It is not okay to ignore injustice, racism, hatred, violence and division because it is inconvenient, challenges your worldview, or might be beneficial for you (or at the least, non-harmful in the moment). We are called to the doing of justice, and it’s a lot of work. It’s one of the beautiful things about doing it together.
I am glad that the Texas legislature’s special session has gone sine die, recessed into oblivion without any bathroom bills passed. I am hopeful when I see provocative action being taken on the removal of Confederate statues. I am aware that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of steps to take in the doing of justice just here in Dallas, not to mention the entire world that God so loves. So I’m going to find a cave for a bit.
The prophet Elijah hits his limit and bolts to a cave in our reading for this week. He’s scared for his life, worried about the consequences of being a prophet, seeking guidance for next steps, and absurdly exhausted. I think some of us might feel some or all of those things at times. He steps back and seeks silence in a loud world, and hears God speak — but only in questions, in the beginning. That might have something to do with where we are and what we’re doing, and how to take care of others as ourselves (or is that reversed?). I look forward to seeing you Sunday,