I was at my young adults’ group (One11) today and they brought up the topic of social injustice. This can be a very polarizing issue for some people. I believe, as Christians, we have a duty to serve others around us. The Bible is clear, Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”. There is nothing that we can do on our own to be saved because even our purest holiness is nothing but “dirty rags” compared to the example Christ set. But the bible also says, in John 15, that He is the vine and we are the branches, if any part does not bring forth good fruit it will be cut off and cast aside. Harsh, I know, but it makes sense. When people become Christians they essentially say “I’m switching teams. I was once on my own team, living for myself, seeking status and pleasures of this world and now I want to be on God’s team and be a part of something larger than myself.”
We are essentially called to challenge social injustice, but some people have agendas. They want to end abortion or the death penalty in the name of Christianity. These groups have their place but these are not issues that we should focus on and make enemies based on. When we are called to challenge social injustice it has more to do with service than activism. The speaker brought up that you can’t help everyone all the time. He told a story about him and his wife helping a homeless couple get back on their feet. This got me thinking: “What am I doing in my community to be the hands and feet of Christ?” The honest answer is: “A lot less than I should be doing.” Sure, I go to church and volunteer but when’s the last time I did something to help someone I’m not related to? The answer is: “I don’t know.” I guess today I felt a little convicted that my ministry only reaches my family and friends. Granted, I can’t get personally involved in a stranger’s life overnight and change the world because of it.
I guess I feel convicted because I kind of live in a bubble. I see my family and my friends, I share my faith in the safe confines of my One11 circle, or my bible study, or in private with my family, but that’s it. I don’t go places where I’m around strangers. I don’t volunteer in the community like I used to and probably still should. If I’m ever going to be an instrument of change I need to be out where there are hurting people. So if anyone’s interested I’m going to collect donations for #HashtagLunchBag. They are doing a shoe drive for the homeless. They are looking for gently used shoes still in good condition. If any of you would like to help please fill out the form below, PM me, or visit the Married Circle at One11 for more info. I would like to have all the donations by 09/20/15 thank you.