Thursday, October 29, 2015

Our Fragile Little Wings: A Poetic Reflection on Icarus

Our Fragile Little Wings
(A Poetic Reflection on Icarus)
Lawrence W. Rodgers

Could it be that in the story of Daedalus their flying contraption represents the intellect, logic, and reason, held together by the fragility of wax and feathers. 

The flying represents the comfortable space we have within our own doublethink.  Yet, the sun is the truth of it all.  The truth we cannot stare at too long because it burns our eyes. 

When Icarus the son of Daedalus tries to get as close to it as possible it melts his wings and he tumults.  Is it the fear our fragile little wings will melt restricting us from flying closer and closer to the truth of it all?

Even if this is the case, how beautiful would it be to behold it, even for a glimpse in space and time, and while one falls out of the sky from the heights they have reached, burned into their minds is this epiphany and majesty of the truth of it all that so few have seen.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Baltimore and the Necessity for Human Dignity

Baltimore and the Necessity for Human Dignity
Lawrence W. Rodgers

The week of April 27th of 2015 was indeed a week of turmoil. Baltimore went through a lot during this week and emotions were high. For this reason a deacon at the Westside Church of Christ where I serve named Joel Armstrong, Wade Allen a member, John Senior and his son Kamren a member, Winston Curry the minister of the Bowie Church of Christ and his son Donovon, Rex Butts the minister of the former Columbia Church of Christ, all went into Baltimore to try to create dialogues- Christian dialogues promoting the concepts of non-violence and trying to create conversations that would be long-term to help to create sustainable goals to the systemic problems that plague our city and the rest of the country.

The week of April 27th I wanted to hear from all sides so I had conversations with Baltimore police officers. I had conversations with local politicians. I have attended Town Hall and even was on the ground with protesters. Something that I think that everyone needs to do- and it doesn’t matter if they are in the position of the powerful or if they are in the position of the powerless, but everyone must see the human in each other. The tragedy of the world is how we often forget to search out the humanity in each other, the essential goodness embedded in each and every one of us. I reflect on Genesis 1:27, where the Bible reads, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How Injustice Will Not Prevail: A Look at Luke 18:1-8

How Injustice Will Not Prevail
A Look at Luke 18:1-8
Lawrence W. Rodgers

Jesus cares about injustice.  Jesus cares about righteousness.  It is unfortunate that too often we preach a Jesus who only cares about lifting up the status quo, a Jesus who is only concerned with upholding power structures no matter how corrupt they might be.  But this not the Christ! 

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