Response and Reaffirmation
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:34-40
As of late, many of us have become aware that our neighbors have felt concerned and frightened by hateful rhetoric and, at times, have become victim to hate crimes.
Deuteronomy tells us that “... the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” As Christians, we align our hearts and mission with that of God’s.
To that end, our response is a reaffirmation of what we already believe to be true: that is, that we continue to live out the call to stand beside our Muslim, Hispanic, African American, immigrant, and LGBTQ neighbors, and those from other marginalized groups.
While some may not share that fear, we must acknowledge that fear is out there. And we must acknowledge that our own privilege may be shielding us from the parallel reality experienced by our marginalized neighbors. Placentia Presbyterian Church has a one-hundred-year history of standing for the marginalized and oppressed as taught by Jesus in the Gospel. We proudly continue in that tradition today.