I’m Part of the Resistance Now
By Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
“I’m a part of the resistance now.” This was my thought when I woke up this morning and understood the world had changed. I rolled the phrase around in my mind, let it sit in my soul, let it break and break again my heart. What does it mean to be a part of the resistance? my friends and I wondered together as we tried to forge a response to the new America where we feel like strangers in a strange land. Does it mean rejecting democracy? No. Does it mean fleeing America? No. Does it mean writing off, rejecting, attacking millions of Americans who voted for someone I view as an existential threat?
But I will resist. I am part of the resistance now and I will resist with my very body the threatened deportation of my immigrant neighbors, I will resist the normalization of white supremacy that denigrates and violates and kills brown and black peoples, I will resist the misogyny that was the foundational tool of the 2016 campaign, I will resist the alienation and segregation of my Muslim neighbors who have given me so much love, I will resist attacks on the earth for profit that changes climate and pollutes water, I will fight for economic justice for those who struggle to make a life out of a too small minimum wage, I will resist the attack on LGBT peoples and I will resist anyone who denies my marriage, or comes for my husband or to take away my child.
I am part of the resistance now.
I am part of the resistance to protect the progress of human dignity for all people that has been won with the shedding of blood and tears. I am part of the resistance that looks to King and Gandhi and all those who used the spiritual moral power of non-violence to stand up to great power and against great evil and said “Here I stand, and I resist.” Resistance now is part of my faith, a follower of Jesus who resisted evil and hate and injustice even though it led to the cross.
I am now part of a resistance movement because I stand alongside each of you, my friends and family and colleagues and beautiful people whom I have never met yet have shown love for me and for one another on this grim day.
None of us can do this alone. We are part of a resistance movement that resists the temptations of despair or the luxury of cynicism or the vacuum of apathy. We will resist the idea that there is one way to feel in this moment and we will allow one another to grieve how we need to and act up like we must. We are now part of the resistance movement that will stand up for one another and stand firm for what is good and look forward with courage and demand a future that is more just and more loving than the world we inhabit today.
We shall not be moved. We are all part of the resistance now. Vive la resistance.
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is Senior Vice President at Auburn Seminary and Editor of Voices.