There is a question that I love to ask people that I meet. “What is the one thing you understand about life that you wish everyone else in the world understood just as well?” This question often gets to the heart of what a person truly cares about and what they actually believe about life.
Part of becoming a community that loves people to life is learning to ask better questions. A mentor of mine once told me that since we already have the answers (Jesus) we must learn to ask better questions. Better questions lead us closer to God and to each other.
Yet, we can not come to a place of asking questions if we come out with the assumptions that we have it all figured out. Sure, there are things that we can stand strong in. The Apostles Creed is probably a good summations of things that we don’t need to quibble about. Again, Jesus is the answer and the foundation, but this should not make all tensions and questions cease. If anything this should raise more and more of them.
For example, what will it take for the Church to no longer be the most segregated hour of the week?
In all the news recently there have been numerous examples of people of different races killing each other. The recent tragedy in Charleston has made it abundantly clear that we have a big problem, and shrugging and shaking our heads isn’t helping.
Sin is the problem and more good advice is not the answer.
So how can we affect change in our community? I think the first thing we need to do is what the Psalmist prayed in Psalm 139:24 “See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I think we need to allow God to stare down our sin and we need to repent of it.
We also need to pray. Pray for those who are far from Jesus. The fruit of the spirit can not be faked or manufactured by our efforts. It is only something that God can do.
We have the answer. His name is Jesus.