As usual, Fr. Stephen (Freeman) has put much of the current American political angst into the correct perspective:
“The Republican party is dead. The Democratic party is dead. Neither of them can give you life. They belong to a world that is passing away. What remains is what has been established by God and still sails before the winds and on the tide that obey His voice.
“There is a Kingdom of God, found in communion with the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. It is not removed from us but has come among us. It breaks forth in human lives and burns with spiritual fire in the sacraments of the Church. It heals the sick, raises the dead, casts out demons and gives freely what it has freely received. It knows no economy other than the fullness of God who causes the barren woman to be the joyful mother of children, who brings forth water in the desert and changes water into wine.” [ –MORE– ]
I went to Emory University when Thomas J. J. Altizer was a professor in the Theology School there. in one of his articles he said, “We must realize that the death of God is an historical event, that God has died in our cosmos, in our history, in our [existence].”
Fr. Stephen reminds us – forcefully – that God is NOT dead, That He lives in our cosmos, in our history and in our existence.
Dr. Altizer retired from SUNY Stony Brook in 2006, but has propounded Christian Liberal Theology for his entire career. One can’t help feeling sorry for him. To live in a world without God must be terrifying.
Fr. Stephen affirms God’s love – “The ability to repent and to walk in union with the Divine Light of God is as available in the Gulag as it is to the middle-class American who enjoys almost unlimited freedom. For “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).” …. “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered. Let those who hate Him flee from before His face. And all these enemies live in me and in us all and God must arise in us and drive the enemy from within us. His Kingdom come, His will be done. Let the ship sail straight and true and know the Wind that blows where it will.”
Thank God for faithful pastors like Fr. Stephen, who remind us that no matter what happens, God is with us – alive.