Do you see hate in the world? Have you ever witnessed someone being bullied or harassed for the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, or any host of other factors?
In the book of Genesis, it says that the inclination of every human heart is evil, and I can see the real damage that hatred is doing in our world today. Now this doesn’t mean that people are evil. In fact, the Bible says all people are created good, and we always have the capacity to see the good in others. However, I think we are inclined to put too much emphasis on our fear and shame, and that can cause us to find evil in what God created to be good.
Earlier this week, my wife and I were having a conversation about the state of the world. We were talking about injustice, violence, and other problems that seemed almost too big to handle.
Interestingly, our four year old son heard us talking, and I guess he noticed a sense of hopelessness in our voices. Now, I don’t think he really understood everything, but he noticed that we were overwhelmed. So in the midst of our conversation, he stopped us to say, “Mommy! Daddy! Wait! When I become an astronaut, I can use my spaceship and fly you guys into space and you won’t have to worry about any of this stuff!”
I have to admit that comment warmed my heart and it certainly made me smile… However, I am also reminded that as Christians we are a part of the world, and as generous as my son’s offer was, I can’t just run away when things get tough… (Or fly off in a spaceship as the case may be...J) God does not see this world as hopeless! God sees all of us as his hands and feet, and we are called to be the voice of hope!
Jesus came to this world to bring about real change, and Christ believed we would do greater things than he ever did. This doesn’t mean we have to take on the world single handedly. In the book of Micah chapter 6 verse 8, it says:
The Lord has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
God is with us in the simple acts of love and justice that we can all do. Today, as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I hope we can all believe that we have a role to play in sharing God’s love and justice with the world. God believes in each of us and God never ceases to call us into action.