This is That Moment
We’ve all asked ourselves, when hearing of some moment of historical courage, “What would I have done?”
This is That Moment, plain and simple.
Our president speaks of other nations as ‘shitholes.’
People who were promised stays are being deported, separated from families, returned to poverty, oppression, and death.
Health care is threatened.
Food is threatened.
Creation is threatened.
Rights are threatened.
The question that this Moment asks us isn’t, “What Would Jesus Do.”
We know that answer.
He sided with the oppressed, the poor, the vulnerable, the sick, the outcasts, and those from shithole places—he was from one, after all (“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”)
The question, instead, that this Moment asks each of us is, “What will I do?”
Each of these people below were faced with a different Moment but the same question.
Each of these people answered with courage born of their faith, a faith that freed them in the knowledge and trust that death doesn’t win.
Even their own.
Read their stories.
Add your name to their stories.
In your own small—or big—way, you can transform this national Good Friday moment into an Easter one.
Death is real. Life is real-er.
These people knew and know that.
You. Do. Too.
Sojourner Truth, 1797-1883. US Pentecostal Resister to Systemic Racism and White Women’s Privilege
Harriet Tubman, c 1820-1913. US Christian Conductor of the Underground Railroad.
Martin Niemöller, 1892-1980. German Lutheran Nationalist, Harsh Critic of Hitler.
Dorothy Day, 1897-1980. U.S. Roman Catholic Social Justice Advocate.
Kaj Munk, 1898-1944. Danish Lutheran Pastor, Resister to the Nazis.
Witold Pilecki, 1901-1948. Polish Roman Catholic Resister to the Nazi Regime. Martyr.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1943. German Lutheran Resister to the Nazi Regime. Martyr.
Irena Sendler, 1910-2008. Polish Roman Catholic Smuggler of Jewish Children, Rescuer of More Jews Than Any Other Citizen During the Holocaust.
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, 1917-1980. El Salvadoran Roman Catholic Archbishop, Outspoken Critic Against Governmental Repression and Hostility to Human Rights. Martyr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968. U.S. Baptist Resister to Systemic Racism. Martyr.
Dorothee Sölle, 1931-2003. German Protestant Liberation Theologian and Political Activisit.
Desmond Tutu, 1931-. South African Anglican Archbishop, Anti-Apartheid and Human Rights Advocate.
Helen Prejean, 1939-. US Roman Catholic Nun, Advocate Against the Death Penalty.
John Floberg, US Episcopalian Priest, Pipeline Protestor at Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota.
Anita C. Hill, 1951-. US Lutheran Pastor and Advocate for GLBTQ Full Inclusion in the Church.
Wendell Griffen, 1952-. US Baptist Minister, Judge, Political Advocate, Protestor of the Death Penalty.
(Please comment below with more names to add to the list. Just as acquiescence is contagious, so is courage.)