For a Reason

For a Reason

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Some days at work are more interesting than other days. But each day brings its own issues and also its own praises. Let me tell you about just a couple of things we’ve done today.
The past couple of days, a couple has been sleeping outside near the building. That’s not unusual. We usually have one or more people staying at the “RiverWalk Outdoor Motel” most nights, even in the winter. And for the most part we don’t mind as long as they keep their area clean and don’t have too much “stuff” collected. These people were a man and woman, however, and were people known to us through prior contact.
Our custodian (Bob) came to my door this morning about 9:45 and asked me to call the police as this couple was fighting outside, and there was a knife involved. Bob said he had gone outside and broke up the fight. They were on the ground, wrestling with one-another and a knife was laying not far away.
The police came right away. Come to find out the woman was intent on stabbing herself and the man was trying to prevent her from doing it. After a conversation with the police, they packed up their things and left. I asked the police to tell them they were no longer welcome on our property, which he did.
This afternoon, a homeless man who often comes to the door just to come in and warm up came in. He got a cup of hot water from our coffee machine and made himself some instant coffee with some coffee he had. Shortly after he came in, another man came in needing a pair of gloves. Our custodian had some gloves in his pickup, and gave them to the man. He stayed in the office for awhile talking to the first man that came in. We also fixed him a sandwich and some chips, as he hadn’t eaten in awhile.
In between these visitors and situations, we’ve managed to answer the phone, open the door for the UPS man, read a couple of chapters in a book, study a lesson, read some of the Psalms, do some financial accounting, send a “get well” card to a member, conduct a Thursday morning Bible class, and several other miscellaneous things not worth mentioning here. Such is more or less a normal day for us here at RiverWalk…even dealing with the homeless situation by calling the police is not necessarily an abnormal thing for us. We are on a first-name basis with the Homeless Outreach Team of the Wichita Police Department.
I hesitate to think what might be should we not have anyone at the building during the week. There is too much that happens…too many people who come to our door…too much to do here in terms of ministry and service…to have a building empty and unoccupied during the week. God has placed us here, at this place, at this time, for a reason. We need to honor that as best we can.

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Thoughts About Life (and Death)

Thoughts About Life (and Death)

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This week has been occupied with the celebration of the life of George H.W.Bush, our 41st President. Mr. Bush passed away last Friday, leaving a legacy of public service that is second to none. Whatever you may think of his politics, the decisions he made while in public service, or his privileged background, think beyond those things to the man…to his family…to his legacy. He indeed had a servant’s heart and acted on it as best he knew how.
And if you watch any of the ceremonies this week, you perhaps caught several scenes that will be replayed many times. Senator Dole standing and saluting his President and comrade in arms. George W. Bush giving a eulogy for his dad. Alan Simpson keeping the spirit of the ceremonies a little lighter. The military bands and honor guards. The train that carried the body of the President to his final resting place. All of these and more are now memories for those of us who have watched these things via the miracle of television and Internet.
And yet, in spite of all of the pomp and ceremony…despite all of the accolades and words of kindness…there looms large the idea of death, the afterlife, eternity, judgment, and God. Many people who profess no particular religious affiliation even think of these things and struggle at times to make sense of it all. And for those of us who call ourselves Christian, we even look at this holy time and wonder what it will be like when we ourselves meet the same fate as Mr. Bush and countless others that we have known and loved.
Death, it is said, is the great equalizer. No matter your status in life, no matter your social class, no matter your education, your family ties or your nationality, in death we all become equal. We cannot escape it. We all must eventually face the separation of our body from our spirit. The body dies and returns to the dust from which it is made. The spirit returns, we believe, to the God who gave it, awaiting the time when body and spirit will again be united…but this time for eternity never to die again.
Paul the apostle talks about this very subject in one of his letters that has been preserved for us. At the end of the discussion about the body, the spirit, death and resurrection he says, “Comfort one-another with these words.” Death and dying need not be a terrifying or scary proposition. We need not fear or obsess over what will happen. In fact, Paul says that we should take comfort in the idea of resurrection and eternal life…that it is something for which to be grateful and yes, even joyful.
None of us knows the exact time of our demise. We don’t know if we have another day, another month, or another decade of life here. But we can know what will happen when that time eventually comes, when we part this life and enter into the next. Our faith in Jesus Christ…our taking on his righteousness and giving him our unrighteousness…our acceptance of his grace and forgiveness and our pledge to serve the only true God and Father of us all are what give us that Hope that is so often talked about in the Bible, and the assurance of life everlasting beyond. That life can be yours. And yours. And yours. Why not do it today?

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One Bowl At A Time

One Bowl At A Time

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I was watching CBS This Morning today as I was munching on my shredded wheat for breakfast. A piece came up about a Jewish couple who live near Arizona State University who prepare and deliver matzo ball (or matzah ball) chicken soup to students who have taken ill. Orders for the soup can come from the students or parents. Evidently, the soup is a hit with students, whether Jewish or not. And as you can imagine, a parent who is many miles from the campus would like for someone to check on their offspring and take them a bowl of a reminder-of-home during their time of being laid up.
At one point in the piece, the wife was talking about why they do what they do for the students, whether they in the Jewish family or not. Her response was that they strive to “Change the world…one bowl at a time.”
Think about that. Here is a couple who were presented with an opportunity to serve in what appears to be a very mundane, small way. Preparing a few bowls of chicken soup and delivering them to sick students isn’t an earth-shattering or life-changing event for any one. It’s chicken soup.
But it’s also an act of kindness…one of compassion…one of caring. It’s not the soup so much, I would suspect, as it is the thought that goes with it and the fact that someone cares enough and loves enough to do this for another person. The soup becomes secondary to the relationship. The soup becomes secondary to the connection. The soup becomes secondary to the thought that someone truly cares.
It’s the same with any of us as we go about our daily lives. We are presented with opportunities to do something…not some ground-shaking enormous good deed…but the mundane, the usual, the ordinary, for another person. How we fulfill those opportunities often has less to do with the actual fulfillment than it does with the relationship and connection that it provides.
We often think that because of the incredible need that we see in the world today, as one person there isn’t much we can do. After all, what good will it do to offer a bottle of water to a street person? “Change the world…one bowl at a time.” How will it help anything by our buying a meal for a soldier, police officer, or fireman? “Change the world…one bowl at a time.” What possible good can come from our donating a few cans of food to the local food bank? “Change the world…one bowl at a time.” What will our $20 donation accomplish that we give to the church for benevolence? “Change the world…one bowl at a time.”
How will you change the world today? What will you do tomorrow that will be a catalyst for changing the world? What has God given you that you can use to change the world…”one bowl at a time?”

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I Will Tear Down My Barns

I Will Tear Down My Barns

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Most of America has gotten through the Thanksgiving holiday by now, and is totally immersed in the Christmas holiday. There is an entire “season” for Christmas now, unlike Thanksgiving. I suppose much of that is because Christmas is a much more commercial holiday time than Thanksgiving ever thought of being. As Lucy Van Pelt so aptly put it in conversation with Charlie Brown, “Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.”
Now, I don’t know if Christmas is run by a big eastern syndicate as Lucy says, but there is no denying that it is a great commercial venture. Many businesses rely on the Christmas buying rush to stay in business the rest of the year. Many people rely on the temporary employment the season brings to make ends meet for awhile. Meanwhile, many consumers find empty pocketbooks, smoking hot checking accounts, and maxxed out credit cards come January 1.
Yet, this is also the time of the year, if there indeed is such a time, that people tend to feel more generous. Many give to charity during this season. Some give to soup kitchens or homeless shelters. Others may volunteer for some worthy non-profit. And many of us slip a dollar or two into the Salvation Army kettles that pop up all over.
I have to wonder why this generosity can’t last all year long. Why is it that we part with a few dollars this time of the year, but seem to be to clingy with our resources the rest of the year. Could it be that it isn’t generosity at all, but rather some other prompt that suggests we put that two dollars into the Salvation Army kettle?
I’m not a psychologist, so don’t have all, or even part of the answers. But I do know that as Christians we are to have that “attitude of gratitude and generosity” at all times…not just during one particular season or month on the calendar. God gives to each of us without regard to the times or seasons…we in turn give to others out of gratitude for God’s wondrous blessings toward us.
Jesus tells a story in Luke 12 about a farmer who had an extraordinarily bountiful crop. He wondered what he would do with it all and decided to build more barns in which to store his bounty…and live life at ease. The end came suddenly for him when God required the man’s soul…and now what will happen to all he stored up.
St Basil of Caesarea, in the fourth century, had much to say regarding generosity, greed, and giving. In a section in his book, “On Social Justice” entitled “I will tear down my barns,” he says this:
“How many precepts you ignore, since your ears are plugged with avarice! How much gratitude you ought to have shown to your Benefactor! How joyful and radiant you ought to have been that you are not one of those who crowd in at others doors, but rather others are knocking at your door! But now you lower your eyes and quicken your step, muttering hasty responses, lest anyone pry some small coin from your grasp. You know how to say only one thing: “I do not have, I cannot give, I myself am poor.”
You are poor indeed and bereft of all goodness: poor in love, poor in kindness, poor in faith towards God, poor in eternal hope. Make your brothers and sisters sharers of your grain; give to the needy today what rots away tomorrow. Truly, this is the worst kind of avarice: not even to share perishable goods with those in need.”

May we never display a “tear down my barns” attitude. May we always be looking out for ways to be generous…to share…to do the work God has given us as His children. Blessings this holiday season.

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A Holy Experience

A Holy Experience

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It’s been awhile since I have had the privilege of watching someone pass from this life into the next. In my prior life in health care, I was witness to more than a few deaths that were expected after a long life well-lived as well as unexpected deaths in some kind of emergent situation and heroic life-saving measures. I say privilege because in a very real way it is indeed a privilege to be part of that process…to hold hands with the family as they surround the bed of the dying loved one…to pray with them and just be there for them. And it happened again today.
I’ve been a part of those kinds of events many times in my career in health care and now in ministry. It never becomes routine. It never becomes a ho-hum thing. It is always a holy and special time. Yes, it is a time for deep emotions and extended thoughts about the loved one, God, life, and the Other Side. But more than that, it is a time to, at least temporarily, put aside any petty family quarrels or thoughts about self and concentrate on the one who is making the journey to eternity.
It is also a time for wonder. What is the dying one thinking? Seeing? Hearing? What exactly happens, and how does it feel to have one’s spirit loose itself from the physical body? What will it be like when it’s my time to depart? Will anyone know? Will anyone care? Where will I go? How do I know?
Over the millennia, there have been many stories, teachings, doctrines, religious writings, and so on that attempt to describe death…the moment of death and what happens after that. Virtually all societies in all ages have come to a belief in some kind of afterlife. That in itself is no proof of the same; however, there appears to be something inherent, or hard-wired into the human psyche that points in that direction no matter what era, religion, or society one happens to be part of.
For the Christian, the writings we believe to be divinely inspired tell us much about death and dying and the Other Side. And they leave a lot out as well, tending to lead us to ask more questions than the writings have answers for. That’s not unusual, but it leads to much speculation and even misinformation. We need to take Scripture for what it is and not read into it what isn’t there.
I don’t know if you’ve ever witnessed a death. If you have not, you need to do so if you have the opportunity. Contrary to popular cultural belief, it is not a morbid and weird experience. It is, for one properly prepared, a holy and reassuring experience for the one who has faith in God Almighty to keep the promises He has made to His creation and His people.

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May God Have Mercy

May God Have Mercy

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Once in a while, not often, I will peruse the Facebook timeline of someone I don’t know. Usually, I do so because one of my friends shared a link that came from that timeline, and I’m curious to see a little more about that person.
I am often struck with how much apparent anger and hate is in the hearts of many of these people. Often, their timelines are filled with diatribes against Muslims, Democrats, LGBTQ folks, illegal aliens, politicians, Arabs, and others that they mostly didn’t write themselves, but rather shared from yet other timelines.
I can’t fathom how these people can function in the world with any sense of normalcy when this kind of anger and hate is boiling up inside them on a mostly continual basis. And then, when I find in the middle of all of that some post that identifies these people as Christian, I am even more taken aback. The minds and hearts of these people have to be in such a jumbled state of torment, disarray, and disaster that they just cannot function in any sense of the word “normal” for any length of time.
I have blocked several of my friends on Facebook because of the posts that they share. And it is with some sadness that I do so, but I cannot abide having that kind of vitriol and trash on my timeline. If one has a well-reasoned opinion and is kind and considerate in sharing it, I don’t mind. That’s what makes us stronger as a nation and as a people. I will not tolerate, however, name-calling, false statements, denigrating, or vicious comments about people of one culture or another.
I am reminded of Galatians 5 where Paul writes out a list of the “deeds of the flesh” which includes impurity, strife, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,, and others. The posts which appear on some peoples’ timelines are stark evidence of the “deeds of the flesh” which are inherent in humanity in general.
The fruit of the Spirit, which Paul talks about following the “deeds of the flesh” list are those which should be in the heart of the Christian and are diametrically opposite those of the flesh. Love, peace, kindness, gentleness, self-control, and others are those characteristics which mark the true child of God, and should be the descriptors of anything you post for the world to see.
If you post on Facebook or social media of any kind, measure what you post against the “Deeds of the flesh” list and the “Fruit of the Spirit” list. Which of those lists does your post most resemble? Which list SHOULD your post most resemble?
There is not place in the heart of the Christian to disparage belittle, or ridicule others, period…end of discussion. It matters not if those in question are Muslim, heathen, black, brown, foreign, illegal, liberal, bi-sexual, gender neutral, Arab, Indian, Catholic, Hispanic, female, or anything else. They are human beings, created in the image of God Almighty, who loves them with a love that far exceeds anything they can otherwise experience in this life. As such, they are due the dignity and respect that you yourself would expect from anyone else. For you as a Christian to give any less is to make those who God created in His image nothing more than rubbish or trash. I shudder to think about what kind of account I will have to give when I am one endless day before the throne of the Almighty, knowing that I have treated some people with less than the dignity and respect they deserve.
May God have mercy on me.

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Least of These

Least of These

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Each day when I wake up, I do my bathroom stuff, then come out and check my phone for appointments I have that day, or messages I need to know about. Today when I checked, I saw one from a good friend of ours…I’ll call her Sarah. Sarah’s immediate family consists of herself, her husband of almost 30 years, and a daughter who is now a young adult. They were our neighbors for several years, and we became well-acquainted with them over the years.
Sarah texted me this morning before I woke, telling me she was homeless as her husband was seeing another woman, filed for divorce, and threw her out of the house via temporary restraining order. She said she was living at a homeless shelter in central Wichita, but had spent some nights in her car before getting a bed at the shelter. This was all quite a shock to her, as she had no clue what was going on.
Additionally, Sarah’s husband cleaned out the bank accounts and absconded with a lot of community property. The hearing on the temporary order is this coming Tuesday when it will either be lifted, modified, or made permanent. She has very little in the way of “things” right now, and an income of a little over $900 a month from a disability. Sarah was in shock, had no idea what to do next, and was pretty much lost.
I texted Sarah and invited her to come to the office so we could talk. She did, and we talked for an hour or more. As today was her birthday, I took her to lunch and we talked more. We talked about a lot of things, but one thing stands out. Sarah, almost 50 years old, raised middle class, living a middle class life, suddenly within minutes was thrust into the culture of the homeless. She has no family she can rely upon, and was able to sleep on the floor of a friend’s house for a short time, but needed to quickly do something besides that. So she found the Interfaith Inn in downtown Wichita. It was there where she ran headlong into the homeless and poverty culture, which provided her with an additional shock to her already fragile situation.
She said to me, “Jay, I don’t even know the language they are speaking. I don’t understand what they are saying.” Additionally, she went on, they behave differently; they think differently; they think of their families differently; they live differently; they use money differently…in short, the entire world view of the homeless and poverty-stricken is different than the typical middle class outlook on life.
That, to Sarah, seemed to be the biggest hurdle of all…the sudden immersion in another culture and another way of life and living…no, make that survival. And that’s what most people don’t “get” when thinking of ways to work with the homeless and poverty-stricken folks. Politicians don’t have a clue. Bureaucrats don’t have a clue. Churches don’t, by and large, have a clue. And the general public certainly doesn’t have a clue.
The old, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a good one-liner, but is useless in the poverty and homeless culture. These people don’t have bootstraps…and if they happen to have them, they haven’t a clue how to grab hold of them; they haven’t a clue what they are for; they haven’t a clue what it means to pull themselves up by them. The barriers to an education, gainful employment, and middle class life start with having to obtain an ID, which means they have to have Internet access, transportation, a mailing address (not a P.O. Box) to have the ID mailed to, money to send off to get a birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc., a utility bill or some such to use as proof of address, and so on. Additionally, they need to know the state or jurisdiction where their birth certificate is kept, which for some is an unknown.
Getting a valid ID is just almost impossible for a homeless person. And without a valid ID, there is no job. There is no renting an apartment. There is no checking into a motel. In many cases the shelters and pantries are closed to them. Government assistance is difficult or impossible to get without a valid ID. The middle class and ruling class have effectively relegated the homeless person without an ID to the status of non-person. He or she doesn’t exist. And the barriers to getting an ID are pretty much insurmountable.
I know I’ve talked about this before…but it hurts me greatly to see this culture relegated into non-existence. These are human beings. These are people. These are the “least of these” that I believe will surround the throne of God Himself while those of us who had lives of comfort are judged according to whether or not we recognized these people as our neighbors and loved them as we loved ourselves.

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It’s Time We Got Started

It’s Time We Got Started

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The current election cycle is filled with the usual back and forth as well as the now-usual disparagement of the other candidate; the messages of the PAC’s as well as stump speeches by current officials from the President on down. Among those groups of voters who are courted by this side or that ideology are the so-called evangelicals. I say so-called because many who are in the political evangelical camp haven’t a clue what it means to be a spiritual evangelical.
The evangelical block is being told in no uncertain terms that unless their candidates win, they (the evangelicals) could “lose everything.” Now, I’m not sure just what that means, but I suspect that those who say that to the evangelical block are using the fear of non-acceptance, the fear of not reversing Roe V Wade, the fear of restrictions on religious freedom, and the fear of out-and-out persecution to marshal the troops and get out the conservative vote.
And it seems to be working. Evangelical voters more and more are becoming radical evangelical voters…voting the evangelical ticket even if they have to hold their noses against the stench that belongs to the candidate on the evangelical side.
I don’t know what you are…evangelical, liberal, independent, or socialist. But I have to wonder where evangelicals place God in all of this. Where is God in their world view? What is God doing in the world in their world view? Is God helplessly standing by, hoping His people will vote the right way? Is God wringing his hands (so to speak) wishing for some kind of groundswell of support for His side?
One church preacher is quoted as saying, “The church must take right ground in regard to politics. God cannot sustain this free and blessed country unless the church will take right ground…” Of course, he means voting for and supporting right-leaning politicians. Now, take what he said into good account. “God cannot sustain…” Really? You’re telling me that God is powerless to do what He desires to do? I’m sorry. God can jolly well do whatever God desires to do, regardless of the opposition He may face from the human race. It isn’t up to us to decide the course of history…God already knows where He will take human history, and is working even now to see that His will is done perfectly and completely.
How presumptuous this man is! How utterly ignorant this man is! And I would use a more base language, except that this is a blog post on a church web page. If I could insert my voice into the “What’s wrong with America” debate, I would say that a lack of humility and a false sense of our own superiority and ability rank right up there with greed, covetousness, and idolatry.
It’s time we got flat, face down in the dirt and appeal to the God of the universe for forgiveness. Forget asking for the right outcome in the next election. Forget asking for the right Supreme Court justice. We have a lot of “sackcloth and ashes” time to make up as Christians and as a nation. It’s time we got started.

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God At Work

God At Work

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What follows was written by a dear friend who I have known since her childhood days. Her story is real. It is riveting. It is brutally honest. If you follow this blog, you know I’ve talked of her in prior posts. Recently, she wrote and posted this on Facebook. Somehow, it went viral and she has over 87,0000 shares and 18,000 comments on this post. Even if you’re familiar with her story, read it again. And again. And know that God does indeed work in the hearts and lives of men and women.
If someone would’ve told me three years ago what the love of Christ would do in my heart and life I would have given you and God the middle finger. If someone would’ve told me that in the next three years that same God that I spent the last nine running away from would restore relationships with my family and with my children…out of fear…I would’ve told you I’ll only mess it up. Three years ago, I had two options to die or live, and to be completely honest I didn’t want either of the two but somewhere within my broken heart I chose to reach out that day and went to detox. (Kicking and screaming might I add)
I had about two weeks clean when I was invited to a Bible study at a little coffee shop that I really had no interest in going to at the time. It was in that place that I met a woman and eventually an entire family that whether by word or selfless deed would show me the grace and love of Christ. There was something different in this woman that The Lord used to speak truth into my heart. She still does. Samantha Sutton Duncan and Heath Duncan I am forever grateful to you both for loving me and showing me grace and a different way of life.
I’m grateful to my family…all of my sisters and brothers for all that you are. Which is a lot of goodness. Thank you to all the new relationships and reconnections that have been beautifully placed in my life. I deeply love you all and I’m so excited for what the future holds.
But beyond all of the many blessings and even beyond my sobriety I am thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I don’t deserve a single ounce of your never-ending eternal love and yet here you are still loyal and so faithful in all your promises. You and I both know God that it wouldn’t have mattered if a million someone’s told me what all you could do within my life over the past three years. But you had a very specific way of revealing it to my heart, because you know every intricate part about us.
To all the men and woman reading this that struggle with addiction…there is hope. You are not too far gone. You are not forgotten, and you have a father in heaven longing for you to let him in.
To the children and the families affected by addiction. Do not lose hope and NEVER cease praying.

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Just a Thought

Just a Thought

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We’re hearing a lot of words and phrases these days that sometimes get us older folks a little confused at times. Words like evangelicalism, racial divide, social justice, left wing, alt right, and others you can think of seem to permeate the conversations of everyone from pundits to preachers. And the cacophony is deafening at times. Where did all of this conversation come from? And why?
One might posit several possibilities. The rise of the Internet and social media has resulted in an explosion of entertainers who entertain their audiences with political and social commentary. The availability of 24 hour instant news reports, well-vetted or not, tends to make people more aware of what is happening in the world. Society in general is becoming more aware of aspects of it that need improvement. Race relations is just one of those aspects.
So, what is the Christian to do with this “awakening” that has been happening over the last few decades? How is the Christian to react? To answer that question, the Christian should go back to the life of Jesus and see how he handled these same things in his time. Yes, there were issues of racial tension, gender discrimination, political division, and other societal problems in his day.
For the most part, it seems that Jesus avoided the political issues of the day as they pertained to the Roman occupation. His strongest words were for Pontius Pilate when he told Pilate that Pilate would have no authority at all had God not given it to him (John 19:11).
But Jesus did break down barriers of gender and even race (Jews versus Gentiles) in his ministry. He gave dignity to women as well as those of other nationalities. He treated them with respect. He also elevated the status of children, widows, and the poor and outcast. He talked with them, touched them, developed relationships with them, and loved them.
He didn’t march on the capitol. He didn’t participate in a sit-in or civil disobedience. He didn’t go on television to spout his opinion about this or that Caesar or procurator or governor. He did work with people. He did provide food, medical care, and hope for many.
And he did teach. He taught “as one with authority,” and not as all of the rest of the teachers of that day. He didn’t spout his opinions; he told the truth. He never wavered, never backtracked, and never apologized. And (I’ll say it again), most of all, he gave hope…not just wishful thinking, but a true hope that penetrates, blesses, and shines through the darkest of circumstance.
So, what do we who claim to follow in Jesus’ footsteps do with the modern age? Well, that’s up to you. I can’t tell you how to live your life. But I can point you to Jesus Christ. And I can suggest that you pattern your life after what you see in his life.
One more thing. All of this political and societal stuff that seems so very important now suddenly loses its importance when we as Christians realize that this world is not our home. A heart attack, a cancer diagnosis, or an automobile accident will change one’s perspective on what is truly important in an instant…in the “twinkling of an eye,” as the Good Book says. Perhaps we would do better to spend our time in this life preparing for the life to come rather than being so obsessed with the here and now. Just a thought…

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