Jesus was executed by empire and that is the fate for anyone who speaks out against empire’s abuses. But that is why we are here. The church is no social club for the suburban well-to-do. This is the place to face truth and to do something about it. We do so in the tranquility, in the trusting peace that empire’s worst is not the last word.
That is the challenge before all of us. Whatever media form we use from talking to our neighbor to facebook to tweeting to writing letters to the editor, we must rise above the temptation to be post-truth—that is, to appeal to emotions and personal belief rather than objective facts.
We must tell the truth. Check the facts. Speak accurately. Speak righteously to use the churchy word.
That is the only thing that can save us now.