Are you on mute? That is a question I hear repeatedly as my daughters engage in their online schooling. I understand the reason for it completely. Life is complicated, busy, messy and quite frankly it can be loud at times. Being on mute has become our default, as a way to be courteous and respectful to others. It gives the opportunity to listen and prevents us from having unwanted interference disrupting us as we engage in our daily lives that have gotten so digital. Could you imagine how different Jesus’ ministry and life would’ve been if he had a mute button? If he could mute the crowds when he was trying to teach, if he could mute the pharisees when they challenged him, if he could mute the countless people who shouted out for him as he traveled from place to place? Well I think we would all agree that if that were a possibility and he muted people, well he wouldn’t have been the Jesus we all know. Life happens in the interruptions. Jesus transformed lives by the way he responded to interruptions, to the noise, to the storms, to the accusations and the challenges that he faced on a daily basis.
We are obviously not behind screen all day, but I wonder if having us shift our communication style to a more transactional type of format in which we only speak when it is our turn might do something to us. Are we at risk of muting ourselves more because we don’t want to create conflict? Might we begin to silence ourselves so that we don’t ruffle feathers or offend others? Will we lose our sense of being those good troublemakers who choose to cause interruptions for the good of our communities and those that are suffering? I know that as Disciples Women we have not, and we cannot. All around us there are sounds of cries that echo far and wide. Are we to mute the sounds of a world in need so that we can continue to go about our business? No! God calls us to not only unmute ourselves and to speak up against the injustices that cause so many to cry out in pain and despair, but we are called to pay attention to the sounds that are all around us. In hearing those sounds we are better able to recognize when it’s time for us to cause holy interruptions and act.
Proverbs 31:8-9 reads,
Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Be encouraged and remain vigilant my sisters! Unmute yourself when necessary and cause holy disruptions for good. Remember, we are the voice for those who cannot speak, and we are God’s justice workers. Meet the world’s cries with loving and listening ears and with hands and feet ready to help. Yes, we should all keep ourselves muted during our online meetings but let us refuse to mute our voices which are powerful and needed now more than ever.
Obra Hispana Representative, IDWM Executive Committee.