Time Will Tell

April 11th, 2013 by MMiller

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

February 17, 2013

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Contemporary Testimony:  an excerpt from Race Matters by Cornel West

In these downbeat times, we need as much hope and courage as we do vision and analysis; we must accent the best of each other even as we point out the vicious effects of our racial divide and pernicious consequences of our maldistribution of wealth and power. We simply cannot enter the twenty-first century at each other’s throats, even as we acknowledge the weighty forces of racism, patriarchy, economic inequality, homophobia, and ecological abuse on our necks. We are at a crucial crossroad in the history of this nation – and we either hang together by combating these forces that divide and degrade us or we hang separately. Do we have the intelligence, humor, imagination, courage, tolerance, love, respect, and will to meet the challenge? Time will tell. None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.

Biblical Testimony:                          Deuteronomy 26:4-11

When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of YHWH your God, you shall make this response before YHWH your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down intoEgyptand lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to YHWH, the God of our ancestors; YHWH heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. YHWH brought us out ofEgyptwith a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders;and God brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, YHWH, have given me.” You shall set it down before YHWH your God and bow down before YHWH your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that YHWH your God has given to you and to your house.