By Charles Moncrief
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month has ended, maybe we can keep from allowing the public eye to close on this scourge. Here’s my contribution to that effort.
It’s a special treat to me when asked to give the Children’s Sermon because I’m far more likely to use props than when preaching to adults.
Several years ago I visited a hospital nursery with a tape recorder. (Yes, I know, I’m dating myself!) The nurses allowed me to record the crying of several infants, to get samples from different social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. The following Sunday, the children came up and sat with me in front of the congregation. First, I played a few of the samples with a one-second pause between them.
Then I played back three of them, pausing to let the children reflect on what they heard.
Then I asked the children to identify the little girl.
Then I asked the children to identify the Asian boy.
Then I asked the children to identify the baby from the rich family.
The children couldn’t tell which was which.
Finally, I replayed the three tapes and again asked them to tell me the difference between the infants’ crying sounds.
You’d think I scripted their answer: “We don’t know.”
Now please fast-forward with me twenty, thirty, or forty years. Put on a blindfold and listen to the outcry of a person suffering from abuse.
Did the cry come from a White woman?
Did the cry come from a Black woman?
Did the cry come from an Asian woman?
Did the cry come from a bride?
Did the cry come from a woman in poverty?
Did the cry come from a Middle-class woman?
Did the cry come from a wealthy woman?
Did the cry come from the wife of a soldier?
Did the cry come from woman serving in the military?
Did the cry come from a Debutante?
Did the cry come from a man?
Do you know?
Grace and Peace,
Anglican Priest, Charles Moncrief, serves up the issues of the day on a platter mixed with scripture, seriousness, and a sense of humor to create a ministry founded in love for his fellow man.
“I’m an Anglican Priest, disguised as a geek during the week. It’s REALLY tough to change my costume, since phone booths are getting hard to find!”