October 11, 2008

Where Is God?

It is no surprise that Father Geoffrey Farrow has been suspended and removed from his pulpit. The Church had to silence this man as quickly as possible lest others follow his example. Never mind that his is a Christlike example of sacrifice for the sake of those who cannot speak for themselves.

In the face of such injustice at the hands of the powerful, many wonder why God does not intervene and dispense some powerful justice of His own. There is incredible and cruel injustice carried out all over the world, and millions are suffering daily—even losing their lives—because of it. We ask, “Why does this continue? Where is God?”

Where is God? He is right here. He is in me. He is in anyone who allows Him in. And we are His hands, His voice, His power on earth. We have the power to effect change. And yet so often we stand and cry for “someone” to do “something.”

I think often it’s because we don’t understand the authority we’ve been given; and we don’t understand the compelling strength behind change from within. The army that is capable of defeating powerful evil is comprised of simple soldiers like you and I. Our weapons are words, fired calmly and accurately to any ear who will hear. You do not know who will be the one who needs to hear what you have to say in protecting the weak, welcoming the outcast, loving the hated, bringing justice to the oppressed.

It is as simple as bringing it up in conversation. “Have you heard about the priest in Fresno? Let me tell you about it…” Do not let the sacrifice of Father Geoff go unheralded. Tell your friends. Link the story in your blog. In keeping this story alive, our outrage can spread to those whose station allows more to hear. Righteous anger leads to righteous acts. We can do this.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.* Where is God? He is here, ready to act through you.

*Edmund Burke (quoted by Martin Luther King)

5 comments:

Bear Me Out said...

Amen! I think of Elie Wiesel's book Night, when the question of "where is God" comes up. God is there, on the scaffold.

Java said...

Oh, yes! Thank you Birdie. Very well stated. May we all follow this path to the best of our ability.

Dantallion said...

Very well said.

tornwordo said...

I would think your and Java's words would have more impact than mine. I'm curious how my catholic parents view the situation and yet at the same time I don't want to know.

I admire Father Geoff deeply.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Funny how they come after him but did nothing to the priests who were hurting children, they were not suspended just move around until they found a parish backward enough to help hide it. Sick really, maybe one of the reasons the churches are so empty.