My Holy, Holey Sock
Walking through the State Capitol Building earlier this year while meeting with legislators to urge reforms to rein in predatory lending, my big toe burst through the end of my dress sock. The feeling of the end of my toe sticking out past the tight fabric greatly annoys me, so I found a quiet place to sit at the end of an abandoned hallway. There I decided to switch the socks so that the hole would not be at one of my big toes, and thus would feel better. I took both socks off. Then I put one on and slipped that foot back into the shoe. A nearby door swung open and as a reflex I shot my remaining bare foot into its shoe, cramming the sock down into the shoe under my foot. The Capitol employee informed me the area was restricted and I needed to leave. Apologizing, I grabbed my Churchnet satchel and walked down the long hallway, nearly limping as my bare right foot barely fit in my shoe due to the wadded sock. Finding another quiet place, I quickly fixed my sock and returned to the main areas of the Capitol to continue the advocacy efforts.
Each time I find a hole in one of my socks--which happens quiet often as I must be hard on them--I remember that day in the Capitol. The need to increase regulations on predatory lending institutions like payday and car title loans remains. Many of those in our communities who are targeted and exploited by such loans do not have opportunities to head to the Capitol and speak out. And if they do, it can be hard to get attention amidst the professional lobbyists and their fancy clothes (probably without holes in their socks). We, too, may find it hard to get legislators to care about this moral issue, but we must try. We must speak up for those in our communities who are being mistreated. We must speak up against the usury of predatory lending institutions. We must speak up so we can share hope in our communities. Due to the biblical commands to work towards justice and speak truth to power, "Community Advocacy" is one of the three aspects of Churchnet's Share Hope emphasis (along with "Relational Evangelism" and "Congregational Ministry"). If God's people do not speak out, then we should not be surprised when unjust regulations emerge from the Capitol. Even if our socks are holey, such advocacy on behalf of "the least of these" can be a holy act.
You can contact Brian Kaylor, Churchnet Editorial Assistant, at (888) 420-2426, ext. 704 or firstname.lastname@example.org