On Feeding The Lord’s Sheep
The Lord said to Peter, “Feed my sheep!” Christian believers are often referred too as sheep throughout the Gospels. It is Good Friday, March 30, 2018. I am standing on the road in front of the Nevada National Security Site (N2S2) . Formerly the Nevada Test Site, N2S2 is the most bombed out place on the face of the Earth. Almost one thousand nuclear bombs have been denoted here. A few minutes later, insisting on nuclear weapons abolition, 22 men and women, including myself and my friend Sheri Bauer, an attender of Albany Friends Meeting, will cross the line, waking onto N2S2 and be arrested for trespass.
The Lord repeated his command to Peter three times and Peter was grieved. Feed my sheep!
Theologians have written that the word of God is the most important food for the soul. Pastors and priests are called God’s shepherds and are charged to provide their flocks “with the pure milk” of God’s word.
Horrific memories stir. A New York Times headline reads “4,300 Sheep Near Nevada Nuclear Tests Died in ‘53 .” Downwind the grazing animals were killed by absorbing massive amounts of radioactive iodine. Downwind there were many two-legged as well as four legged animals.
Feed my sheep. In 2017, a new study by Keith Meyers, an economist at the University of Arizona studied the deadly effect of radiation released by atomic testing from 1951 to 1973 . One significant way this radiation was spread was by the drinking of radioactive milk. Radioactive dust settle on the grass and was consumed by grazing cows. The US government willingly poisoned large expanses of pasture land and its own people, then effectively covered up the deadly effects of nuclear weapons testing. Studies now estimate this radioactive milk and other exposure to radiation caused between 340,000 to 690,000 American deaths with continuing cancer diagnosis.
Edward R. Murrow once said “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” The same appears to be true for our faith communities. Some of our pastors as well as many of our politicians are “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Jesus did not want us subservient to the wolves in our churches or our government. It is time for Christians to understand the Gospel of Christian imperative and empowerment which teaches us to love one another and carries the very real responsibility to confront our government and the criminality of nuclear weapons which may well destroy the entire flock.
Prayers are offered by the Western Shoshone spiritual person, Johnnie Bobb, praying for the land and healing. Then we cross the line. I also remember the words of Jesus, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. “ It is time we take these words seriously. We are charged by Jesus to love each other and to do greater works than he. We all must lift together, binding and supporting each other with love. We all must be the second coming. There is no time, only “the fierce urgency of now.”
John Amidon worships at Albany Friends Meeting
To see this action please go to the YouTube post on the pazamidon channel: “22 Arrested at the Nevada National Security Site”