The Wrong Train…

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Meditation: How can we admit we took the wrong train? By getting off… How can we admit we have made a mistake? By remaining human and humble… How can we not just run “along the corridor in the other direction”? By jumping off the train if need be, even if it hurts. How can we stop the train? By gathering in the millions, demanding that the train be stopped… Last weekend a woman was killed when she demanded the train be stopped. Today is her funeral. We feel deep sorrow for her and her family. It could have been us. How can history repeat itself? America’s young democracy has not had a crisis like this. Its democracy has been hijacked. We are on the wrong train. Many are trying to figure out what to do. The first step is to admit that we are on the wrong train. The second is to get off. The third is to join the masses, demanding that the train be stopped – even if it puts us in danger.

Prayer: God of history, the inhuman demonic forces of racism, oppressive nationalism and pure violence are unleashed in this country. The terror is that we have a president who condones and supports these forces. God, help us see and admit that we as a country boarded the wrong train. Help us get off instead of just running in the opposite direction. Help us jump off if needed. And let there be masses jumping off and joining hands and voices. Comfort the family and community who are mourning the dead and injured. Pour out Your Spirit to strengthen our resolve. Amen

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8