Devotional Readings my from the Daily Common Lectionary: Mark 15:1-13
Text: May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another (v. 5)
Yesterday we saw the face of evil in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was ugly and scary and intimidating. It is the dark side of our common humanity. It reminded me of something that Martin Niemoller wrote in the aftermath of the dark side of humanity.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
A follower of Jesus cannot remain silent.