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1) No cheap blaming 

God isn’t causing this virus to spread through western Africa as some sort of punishment for the people there, or to come to these shores as some punishment of us. Diseases happen, and they spread through a combination of bad luck, human error and ignorance.

2) Avoid the hysteria

People need to be helped back from the edge of hysteria. Not through unrealistic predictions, as we seem to be hearing now, but through confidence in those tackling the virus and our ability, through common sense and bravery, to deal with it.

3) Get informed

We need to take personal responsibility for getting informed and staying informed, so we can provide useful guidance to children and the vulnerable and take appropriate precautions within our sphere of care and influence.

4) Identify who needs help

We need to look outside our walls to see who needs help. Beyond family, beyond church, beyond our community — where is help needed, and can we provide it?

5) Prepare spiritually for the future

We need to muster our personal and spiritual resources and find the courage to face something largely beyond our control. If the Ebola virus breaks out of current containment measures and spreads into the general population, our communities will require people with mature judgment and the courage to stand against the legions of fear.

 

The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.
Pope Francis
In 2011 alone 2,703 children & teenagers lost their lives to guns. That’s 7 American youth killed every day. 
"If as Christians, children represent God’s creation in its most pure and innocent form, why is it that as Americans, we continue to let children die preventable deaths from gun violence?"
Protecting God’s Children: How Gun Violence Impacts America’s Youth
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In 2011 alone 2,703 children & teenagers lost their lives to guns. That’s 7 American youth killed every day.

"If as Christians, children represent God’s creation in its most pure and innocent form, why is it that as Americans, we continue to let children die preventable deaths from gun violence?"

Protecting God’s Children: How Gun Violence Impacts America’s Youth

Photo: Marek.H/shutterstock.com

Learn More in the Sojourners Magazine article, “How to Suppress the Vote.

A church that doesn’t provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed — what gospel is that?
Archbishop Oscar Romero
Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
When Christians have grown so bitter toward someone that we can’t even accept their apologies, something has gone seriously wrong. … We must refuse to create lose-lose situations for each other where one is damned if they apologize and damned if they don’t.

"What would happen if we saw our natural world, not as a collective ‘ours’ but as an individual ‘mine?’ What if we shifted our thinking about environmental preservation from being an imperative or an obligation to equating good stewardship with our own personal act of worship?"