Here are three tales of contemporary life in America that would all make Jesus weep:
The first took place in rural Bullitt County, Kentucky, where the fire chief, Julius Hatfield, was responding to a vehicular accident between a white family and a black family. Hatfield was caught on video from a deputy's body camera speaking informally to someone else. The fire chief said, "Well, I've got a family of four from Cincinnati I got to do something with. We ain't taking no n-----s here." Then he laughed.
Good one, Chief! Now, why don't you do the honorable thing and resign - and let someone from the twentieth century take your place? A fellow with your sprawling intellect could probably get a job with Fox News.
The second is an on-going issue in Kansas City, Missouri, a place where things are generally up-to-date, but not always. The City Union Mission gives shelter and sustenance to the area's homeless. Unfortunately, the Christian organization is a bit choosy about which homeless people they let in. They won't allow same-sex families to stay together, and transgendered people seeking shelter have to dress according to the sex they were assigned at birth. The Mission says it all has to do with "Biblical standards."
Studies indicate that about thirty percent of homeless people are LBGT. Fortunately for those living on the very cold streets of Kansas City, the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities are more welcoming toward same-sex families. The pious folks at City Union Mission will hopefully have some explaining to do come Judgement Day.
The third tale has received quite a bit of national attention, but it deserves another mention.
Three people, two ministers and a ninety-year-old man, were arrested for feeding the homeless of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on one of the public beaches. Ft. Lauderdale has recently enacted what many are calling a "homeless hate law" that greatly restricts where the homeless can be fed. The law also requires that those providing the food put up port-a-potties next to the feeding sites - an expensive proposition for already-struggling charities.
The ninety-year-old activist who has been feeding the homeless for over twenty years said that he had only gotten food to four people in his last outing when a police officer yelled, "Drop that plate immediately!" He and his two minister friends were arrested and could face up to two months in jail and a $500 fine for their overt criminal behavior.
(It could have been worse, I suppose. The cop could have "stood his ground" and shot the terrorist geriatric holding the plate. It happened in Florida, after all!)
If Jesus does come back folks, he will probably land his spacecraft someplace a little more tolerant and a little less "Christian," like Canada, for instance - or perhaps Mexico.