Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
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A group of clergy was hanging out in the common area of a cabin during a break at summer youth camp. We did what clergy do when they hang out together. We fret about the nature of our work and the state of the Church. Serving in ministry during a time of wide-spread decline leaves most of us gutted. We try to do things to make ourselves feel better. We can't shoulder all the blame without it being death-dealing. We know it is not all our fault. One colleague caught my eye as I spoke these things out loud and summed up the mood perfectly: "But this has happened on our watch." We take this personally. I deeply love the Church - the Body of Christ - the community of the faithful. It has taken me a long time to recognize that its' wardrobe is worn and woefully out-of-fashion for these days. It is time to slough off these clothes of tradition, institution, dogma and shiver nakedly until we find the right work clothes for hating evil, loving good, establishing justice. There may only be a few left for a while to shiver in the truth until we figure it out, but God has a long history of making new clothes from remnants.
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Lord, when you saw your creation aware of their nakedness, you clothed them. We need new clothes. Amen.