Civil disobedience is, traditionally, the breaking of a civil law to obey a higher law, sometimes with the hope of changing the unjust civil law. … But we should speak of such actions as divine obedience, rather than civil disobedience. The term ‘disobedience’ is not appropriate because any law that does not protect and enhance human life is no real law.
~Sister Anne Montgomery, R.S.C.J.
We don’t want to just read about what God wants. We don’t want someone else telling us what God wants either…. We want our eyes to be God’s eyes so that we can see the world the way God sees it. We want our hands to do God’s work. We want our prayers to be God’s prayers. We want what God wants. If you become a servant of God, then your action is God’s action. By repairing things here, we repair them above. We are primarily concerned with reuniting the soul with its roots.
~Lawrence Kushner, Eyes Remade for Wonder
We are not asked to subscribe to any utopia or to believe in a perfect world just around the corner. We are asked to be patient with necessarily slow and groping advance on the road forward, and to be ready for each step ahead as it become practicable. We are asked to equip ourselves with courage, hope, readiness for hard work, and to cherish large and generous ideals.
~Emily Greene Balch
The question should not be ‘What would Jesus do?’ but rather, more dangerously, ‘What would Jesus have me do?’ The onus is not on Jesus but on us, for Jesus did not come to ask semidivine human beings to do impossible things. He came to ask human beings to live up to their full humanity; he wants us to live in the full implication of our human gifts, and that is far more demanding.
~Rev. Peter J. Gomes, late professor and minister at Harvard University