This Advent Season, I’ve been going back to the prophet Isaiah since many of his messianic prophecies have been attributed to Christ’s coming into our world. Also Isaiah’s words speak to us today.
We have those in power that exalt themselves like mountains over the rest of us. CEOs and Wall Street types making money even while their employees struggle to make ends meet. We have a new Presidential Administration that will bring cronyism to Washington, while stabbing We The People in the back. We have mega-preachers with lavish “Christian centers,” with even more lavish lifestyles, while many in their communities are homeless, hungry and hurt. And it’s not just here in America, all over the world we see men and woman tower over others in their grab for power.
For We The People-here and abroad-it feels like we’re in the valley; I mean deep down in the valley-like Marianas Trench valley. We’ve been betrayed by those in power so much, we feel downtrodden and in a place where our voice can barely be heard-if at all. We’ve been marginalized so to the point we’re virtually invisible. Makes you want to toss in the towel and say, “Screw it!”
However, there is hope. Advent brings the coming Christ, who is also God’s “Equalizer”. I see that in the Gospels, where Jesus stood up for the marginalized while speaking truth to power (and the powerful). God assures us that it will be all equalized: the mighty and powerful will be brought low; while the lowly will be exalted. In the coming King/Queendom of God there will no class distinctions, no gender discrimination, no race segregation, no one marginalized. In this Divine Kingdom the powerless will be equal to the powerful.
As we await the coming of Christ, let’s also long for his equalizing humanity so that all will be fit for God’s King/Queendom.
(Image: Pastoral Winter Scene in Northwestern New Jersey 2015)