Rachel spoke from Genesis 38, a passage not included in the lectionary readings and rarely included in sermons. It’s a difficult passage for us, particularly to understand in our current age.
While Tamar’s actions seem strange to us, you could say she was engaging in nonviolent direct action. Tamar took risks, exposed wrongs, invited repentance, changed hearts and bore new life.
This story shows us that even when it seems we have no options, even when it seems that injustice and inaction will win, we are invited to find a way to subvert the system itself.
How have you been tricked into being more righteous?