Where are the Chris­tian churches?

The Weekly Vista - - Religion - FA­THER KEN PARKS Ken Parks is the for­mer rec­tor of St. Theodore’s Epis­co­pal Church in Bella Vista. He can be reached by email at frken­[email protected]­global. net. Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

Ev­ery year I look for­ward to Oc­to­ber. There is a chill in the air, the leaves are chang­ing, and there are fun events that draw us out­side. This year there are also somber and soul-wrench­ing events.

Oct. 1 was the an­niver­sary of the mass mur­ders in Las Ve­gas. Gover­nor Brian San­doval said, “To­day and ev­ery day, we con­tinue to make choices to tri­umph over evil.” I agree but the un­com­fort­able truth is that, af­ter all the mass mur­ders this past year, do­na­tions to the non­profit Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion dra­mat­i­cally in­creased.

Oct. 1 is also the be­gin­ning of Na­tional Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Month. This year there were pub­lic ser­vices that re­mem­bered by name the 31 women mur­dered in Arkansas in 2017. For the past 11 years, once a month, I wor­ship with the women in the North­west Arkansas Women’s Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter — 90 per­cent have suf­fered from sex­ual abuse and phys­i­cal abuse as a child, a teen or as a young woman.

Oc­to­ber is when they an­nounce the win­ners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Peace. The win­ners were Dr. De­nis Mukege from the Congo, and Na­dia Muirad from Iraq. Both re­cip­i­ents worked tire­lessly against the rape of women as a weapon of ter­ror­ism.

Dr. Mukege is a physi­cian that treats the vic­tims and then cam­paigns against the ter­ror­ist Boko Harum and Al Shabaab. Na­dia Mu­rad a Yazidi in Iraq, was cap­tured by ISIS, raped and forced into sex­ual slav­ery. She es­caped and worked with other sex slaves to be­gin their heal­ing and is work­ing in the po­lit­i­cal cir­cles de­mand­ing strict laws against rape. Both re­cip­i­ents and their fam­i­lies have re­ceived nu­mer­ous death threats.

Bleed­ing over into Oc­to­ber was the tes­ti­mony of Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee — a hear­ing and not a trial. She said, “I wanted to be there. It was my civic duty.”

The coun­try was riv­eted by her ev­ery word. She spoke an em­pow­er­ing truth that was heard by other women and men like her. Their life sto­ries con­nected. The rape hot­lines ex­ploded min­utes af­ter she fin­ished. One re­ported a 200 per­cent in­crease in calls.

She won­dered as all vic­tims won­der, “Why suf­fer through the an­ni­hi­la­tion if it’s not go­ing to mat­ter.” The polls re­ported that 66 per­cent of Amer­i­can polled be­lieved her. Her kind of courage is rare.

The back­lash that be­gan be­fore her tes­ti­mony has been harsh, se­vere and far more in­tense than she or any Amer­i­can could imag­ine. She was and still is openly mocked by the Pres­i­dent at cam­paign ral­lies. He has said she and all the pro­tes­tors were ac­tors paid by the Democrats. She and her fam­ily have been driven from their home. They have hired pri­vate se­cu­rity guards be­cause the death threats haven’t stopped. The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have called the threats cred­i­ble.

Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh’s tes­ti­mony was be­lieved by 33 per­cent. His open­ing re­marks echoed the Pres­i­dent’s cam­paign speeches. (He spent two days with the White House staff re­hears­ing his tes­ti­mony.) He spoke in the con­spir­acy lan­guage of dark money and of evil Demo­cratic Party plots. Like the Pres­i­dent, he rep­re­sented no ev­i­dence to sup­port that con­spir­acy the­ory.

Note: Af­ter the hear­ings, the hot­lines for vic­tims in­creased dra­mat­i­cally and the cof­fers of the Re­pub­li­can Party re­ceived 270 mil­lion dol­lars.

Where is the Body of Christ — the Chris­tian Churches in Amer­ica? Did I not get the memo that Chris­tians no longer be­lieve in the Ten Com­mand­ments? I hear about “Thy shalt not kill” as re­lated to Roe v. Wade but, only si­lence about Cap­i­tal Pun­ish­ment. I guess false wit­ness­ing, adul­tery and cov­et­ing are OK now?

Chris­tians, where is our courage and back­bones to con­front any­one, in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent, that calls all peo­ple that vote for a Demo­crat can­di­date evil? He openly mocks women in­clud­ing #MeToo, Women Against Gun Vi­o­lence, The Walk for Life, and oth­ers. None of them are paid ac­tors or ac­tresses! He scares us.

Last Spring, I at­tended the joint Ben­tonville High and West High Schools March for Life March. “Vote them out,” they chanted and then those el­i­gi­ble reg­is­tered to vote.

Last month, I asked you to try and fol­low the ex­am­ple of the late Sen­a­tor John McCain. This month, I nom­i­nate Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford.


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