I will rarely write about politics, but sometimes you just have to write what’s on your mind. Between the struggling economy, the political scandals, and the partisan divide there just isn’t a ton of good news that gets reported. Not to mention, I have friends on both sides of the political aisle so everyone has their opinions.
And that got me thinking about Becoming Last. To completely shortchange (i know they are way more complex) the two dominant political views, you basically have the liberal side (large government, let’s care for everyone) and the conservative side (small government). Essentially, the conservatives don’t want government spending bookoos of money with the theory being that’s what gets our country in debt.
But here’s where Becoming Last kicks in…why do we wait for government to do everything? Whether you are liberal or conservative, you have the capacity to serve, sacrifice, and eliminate the problems we fight about. For us church folk, this is where the talk on Sunday needs to be lived out during the week.
There is enough time, money, and resources in the churches in our country to eliminate the vast majority of poverty. Liberals and conservatives can agree that we have a heavenly mandate to care for the least of these. Government has begun to do that because over time we’ve lost touch with the responsibilities we have to our neighbors (the all-encompassing neighbor, not just next door).
Are there people hungry? Jesus would feed them. Are there people without jobs? We should be doing everything we can to get them on their feet. People need clothes? Let’s clothe them.
Think of all the money the government could use if the church became Jesus’ hands and feet. I know. It’s too dreamy. Too ideal. But it has to start somewhere.
I’m all asking is that we spend less time arguing (Not saying political discussion isn’t good. It’s needed.) and more time coming together as the family of God to meet the needs of the hurting and the broken. I think that’s something we could all rally around.
How have you Become Last today?