Lefty Sojo Ignores Jesus in Easter Email

April 19, 2017

Lefty Sojo Ignores Jesus in Easter Email

The progressive social justice group Sojourners claims “to seek the truth as informed by our biblical roots.” But clear biblical truth was nowhere to be found in Sojo’s email to subscribers on Easter Sunday. Although the subject line read “Happy Easter from your friends at Sojourners,” the email made no mention of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection, or the Gospel. If fact, other than the subject line, no obvious reference to Easter appeared anywhere within the body of the email.

Instead, the email contained a poem by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Mary Oliver with no additional context or commentary from Sojo. Titled “Why I Wake Early,” the poem describes the life-giving sun as the “best preacher that ever was.” But considering that Oliver is openly lesbian and non-religious, she probably had not explicitly intended to allude to any Easter related themes.

Oliver’s poem undoubtedly expresses innocent feel-good sentiments, and there is nothing obviously objectionable in the poem itself. But what would likely puzzle Christian readers is why Sojo selected this poem as its only message to its email subscribers on Easter, without any additional comments. The poem reads as follows:

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light –
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

Granted, Christian author and blogger Kaitlin Curtice wrote an essay for Sojo on Easter Monday that specifically discussed Jesus and the Resurrection. Not surprisingly, she also used Easter as a springboard to emphasize social justice causes near and dear to Sojo, including “sustainable living” and racial reconciliation. Curtice concluded her essay by describing Easter as an “opportunity to re-create grace and Mystery and sacred love in our own lives.”

  • Is there something inherently wrong with talking social justice and resurrection in the same context? They seem to fit well with one another, and Christ preaches justice quite a bit.

    • Mike Ward

      The point here is that their Happy Easter email didn’t talk about social justice, resurrection, and Christ. There was no mention of Christ or the resurrection. SoHo isn’t a Christian organization. It’s a liberal political organization that only pays lip service to Christ and sometimes forgets to even do that.

      • Dawn M. Flower Blundell

        You’re right, SoHo is a neighborhood in Manhattan. SoJo, on the other hand, is a deeply Christian organization who lives out the Gospel as Jesus preached, lived, died, and lived again for it.

    • Dawn M. Flower Blundell


    • Kaz

      Did you get the memo? All the “social justice” churches are in steep decline and it’s only going to get worse.

      Curious thing about churches that call themselves “inclusive” and “relevant” – no one wants to be included, which seems to indicate that they aren’t relevant at all.

      Left-wing Christianity has no attraction. People can get plenty of SJW indoctrination without having to drive to church on a Sundy.

      • Mike Ward

        Left-wing Christianity DOES have an attraction. It’s attractive to formerly conservative and moderate Christians who want to leave the church and take the church with them so to speak.

        Progressive churches die because they don’t reach the unchurched and, they don’t pass faith on to their children, but they will always exist because as the old ones die, new ones are formed by formerly conservatives Christians.

      • Dawn M. Flower Blundell

        You might like to take a look at some of the nationwide surveys in which people who have left churches to become “nones” or “unaffiliated” tell why they left. They are the fastest growing religious group in America, and they say that the top reasons they leave are that the Christian church contradicts science and insults their intelligence, and that they express disdain for LGBTQ people, thus making a joke out of Jesus call to love one another. In other words, the conservative Christian agenda, as loud and well funded as it is, is perceived as fake, hypocritical, and ridiculous, repelling people from the church.

  • David MacKenzie

    For grace’s sake, one might want to believe otherwise. Yet, it’s likely not anyone’s imagination. Out of the distractions of the heart, the mouth may well be silent.

  • Mike Ward

    Step 1: Jesus
    Step 2: Jesus + Marxism
    Step 3: Marxism

  • That’s creepy, even for those “Christian” Leftists.

  • Dawn M. Flower Blundell

    Mary Oliver, by the way, is too private a person for anyone to know one way or another about her faith. I do know that her poetry has been used by many excellent preachers over the years.