Music legend Alice Cooper said, “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll is easy. True Christianity—that’s rebellion.”
The very crux of my ministry is that faith can be a powerful volley against those that keep us down. And in a presidential election year, I am reminded once again that there are many who would, in a bastardization of Scripture, claim God is on their side, and that it is their duty to keep putting certain people down.
These are the same people who would, in the name of God, argue that abortion is an abomination and must be stopped—but then vote against free and reduced breakfast and lunches for low-income students in public schools, cut funding to childcare programs like Head Start and Early Start, fight against free and reduced healthcare costs for children in need, and defund after school programs that keep latchkey kids off the streets.
These are the same people who would incarcerate the drug-addicted, the mentally ill, and sex workers—but choose to bankroll privately-held corporate prisons rather than spend money on drug treatment, send the afflicted to professional medical care, or actually dig in, and till the malnourished soils of our social condition that force people into sex work to survive.
As true Christians, we are called to rebel. And yes—rebel against these very people who put the hungry down, who put the homeless down, who put the naked, the ill, the prisoners down.
“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me,” Matthew 25:35-36, The Message.
There in lies the manifesto of our rebellion.