What can we do about it? Is there any hope? For the last 5 or 6 months I have been privileged to go with some other people to serve the homeless in downtown Detroit's Cass corridor. It breaks my heart. The buildings are boarded up, burnt down, empty, abandoned. The people are pretty much the same. Some people just don't have any where to go. You think it is hard to find jobs in the suburbs or in small towns? Downtown Detroit looks even worse. Among the blight you occasionally see a new apartment complex or a new coffee house for the business people to go to. Do they see what's around them? What can we do? Is there any hope for these people? How long can we the Church (Christ's body) ignore the dire needs of people. I know it is tough for churches in the suburbs too, but to what standard of living are we living up to? Maybe it is time for ministry to take on a different face than it has been the last 50+ years. Maybe we just need to look to scripture and to the needs of those around us, to those less fortunate.
Isaiah 58 speaks to many facets of ministry but take note of he says, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
We are looking for a break through in this tough economy. We are looking for hope, a light in the darkness. Jesus is our hope for sure! But he wants us to love in action, not just words. Sure our hearts feel compassion when we see someone in need. But do we take action? My friends in Christ, the church is so busy running its programs and building a "bigger" ministry that we are missing meeting the needs of people. When will the restoration of our cities, churches and towns come? When we humble ourselves and pray; when we love in action even those who are unloved or not seemingly worthy of love. Christ loved us and died for us while "we" were yet sinners. Shouldn't we be willing to do the same for others? While there is still daylight do the work of the Lord by loving people and serving their interests above our own. Night is coming when we can work no more. But hold fast, Jesus will come and make all things new! Keep pressing on in love.
Isaiah 58:12 "Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings."
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