Wednesday, January 19, 2005

A Balm in Gilead

"There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole;
There is a balmin Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul." --Traditional

In the Bronx, a small city that seems to always be on the brink of something, a 13-year-old girl hid her pregnancy from her strict mother, and killed the newborn in a panic. The father of the baby is 15.

Here is the kind of urban ministerial issue I want to shove in the faces of the pseudo-holy Black ministers driving their luxury vehicles, sitting fat an happy over their thousand-member megaplex churches, oblivious to anything outside of the need to encourage wealth-building and good, male-dominant heterosexual marriages. You call yourself a pastor? Get off your fat rear, leave the safety of your modern architecture cathedral and talk to the people who don't go to your church. Talk to the young people hanging out on the corners. Talk to the residents of the housing projects.

I'm sad and angry. I am furious that our anti-sex society prefers to give nonsense messages about abstinence rather that truth about sex. I'm furious that abortion foes are quick to throw adoption out as options for unwanted pregnancies when the faces of young, unwed mothers are black and brown, and the moralistic cries of adoption as alternative come from white faces who have shown little or no interest in adopting Black and Latino babies -- look at the increasing numbers of White parents who will travel across the globe to adopt a Chinese baby rather than a Black or Latino one born in the good ol' U.S. of A. I'm saddened, deeply so, for the loss of one life, but the complete alteration of several lives. The abandonment of babies has always moved me, but this one moves me further.

I believe there is a balm to make the wounded whole. But, like accessing the Grail or being able to safely pass the Sphinx, we have tests to pass, and we've failed miserably. Compassionate conservatism is an oxymoron, and "moron" doesn't occur by accident in that term. Judgement and pseudo-moralism have replaced common sense. Enough is enough.

I pray for everyone involved. This one is tough.

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