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God at Panera: Politics and the Pulpit, Part II

I wrote last week that throughout human history, and in much of the world today, the “given” is violence and poverty and sickness. The variable is, how do we human beings respond to it, and whose side is God on when we do ? – on the side of murderers, exploiters, and illness, or on the side of peace-makers, the poor and the oppressed, the healers, and their allies? The radical claim of Judeo-Christianity, so wonderfully encapsulated in the Magificat , is who God sides with. Who God intervenes for: “ God has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” But if we’re honest, it begs some questions, doesn’t it? Where is this saving God for those fearing for their lives on the mountaintops in Iraq who’ve fled the so-called “Islamic State” fascists? Where is this hea