Jesus was a whistle-blower and, like whistle-blowers today, he was marginalized, harassed and threatened with harm. Whistle-blowers see evil in our world, for instance child abuse, sexual harassment, racial intolerance, extreme poverty and human trafficking, and shine a light on it. However, when newspapers, news channels and social media illustrate the shortcomings in our society, the perceived darkness may become overwhelming for us.
In the face of evil, Jesus did not stop blowing the whistle. We must follow his example and treat all people with respect, honesty and kindness. We can report child abuse, refuse to accept racism, volunteer at the soup kitchen, and when called, become involved in social justice protests. Even having a smile and a conversation with a vulnerable person can have lasting effects. These actions expose the darkness and despair in our community and bring forth light.
Jesus did not hide from evil and, though following the teachings of Jesus may make us uncomfortable, his love and compassion will give us strength. Do not be afraid of refusing the status quo or secret agendas that frequently appear. Reach out so you can change the shortcomings in your community. God is with you.
Lord, give us the strength to expose and overcome the evil and darkness in our complex world. Amen. — TD