Your mission if you choose to accept it (and you really should)…8Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9) This message was recorded in the bible long ago to move us to look beyond ourselves. Before singing the national anthem at an NFL “Monday Night Football” game Jordin Sparks recognized the magnitude of the moment. She, having been a former American Idol contestant, knew the power of her influence as she wore this scripture reference on her hand. She chose to highlight something other than herself.
See a greater cause
A life focused on the service of others is not only necessary, but fulfilling. We are all equally impressive in what we have to give. Our unique qualities that have become hidden from view in comparison to someone else is ready to be activated. And there is plenty of work to do. The poor treatment of the “less fortunate” as it is termed has been going on for a long time. The scales of justice are certainly imbalanced. For some reason, after the 2016 presidential election, there has been a willingness to remove the covering that hides people’s most vile thoughts. The same have acted on those feelings without considering the consequences.
See where you are
Clarity is possessed by some, yet eludes others. Even a portion of those that profess to be of the faith have been blinded. The proof is in the fruit. Countless sermons that claim to be about God end up being just speeches that are absent Love’s purpose, to care for the condition of others. They have traded their message of Love, which sometimes rightly makes the hearer uncomfortable, for worldly agendas that produce no Godly fruit. This type of work will not be rewarded in eternity and is destined for incineration.
See true Love
At this point a falling away of our unifying purpose to serve others is easily recognizable. “The “emotional intelligence” of people inside our churches is not any different from those outside. People’s “increased” love for God is not translating into increased love for people.” 1 (emotionallyhealthy.org ) 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him.” (1 John 4:20-21)
Time for some Action
There is absolutely nothing holding us back, but ourselves when it comes to putting Love into action. We all have an undeniable mandate to do so. We are all connected and rely on others so much that we overlook it. Economies are dependent on the participation of citizens and others abroad. We can obviously see the connection in business since there is a direct impact. If there are no customers there is no job. Even more so, every community needs involvement in the service of care for those that can no longer do it themselves.
Be the church outside
You can know for sure that we have and will continue to need someone. That should put this scripture’s precedent high on the list for all. The church needs to act now and be the “church outside.” A forced change may need to happen as we have seen action in the wake of natural disasters. In the absence of hurricanes and earthquakes in North America will the church be caught by surprise? I believe the church in large will be forced to sift through their priorities and align their words and actions with Godly purposes. It is my belief that starting in December and continuing into next year that our country will be at a turning point. The purveyors of hopelessness are on their posts fanning the flames of negativity. The divisions are widening, but truth shall be illuminated and overcome the darkness. Use your influence for good and do not be distracted. If your acts are guided by the bible reference above, you are doing God’s work.
CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE:
- Beyond an Airbrushed Spirituality, November 2, 2015 (https://www.emotionallyhealthy.org/beyond-an-airbrushed-spirituality/)