Excuses are like a parking brake to stay where we are. We just keep paying the meter and the fines; the meter is ticking – put it in drive and move forward.
Because we have a free will, some people become good and others bad, but everyone has faults. With this view we tend to see society’s advancement as a struggle between good and evil. When the righteous rise up, good prevails. When the unrighteous rule, evil prevails. This means the moral and spiritual progress of humanity is not only dependent upon what God is doing in the world, but also what people do. The conditions of the earth are very much dependent upon us.
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The Church Jesus launched is meant to be expansive, like salt, water, light or leaven—metaphors He used to describe the Kingdom of God—none of which is effective if contained or controlled. Salt left in a shaker is useless. Stale water turns putrid. Light that is blocked results in darkness. Leaven in a container remains inert.
How are we loving when we are silent on injustice? What good are our claims to love when we shrink back when the voices get too loud or caustic or personal? There will always be good excuses and proof texts to justify a shrug of the shoulders, but we must fight passivity and look to the God who took action on our behalf.
It is easy to find fault, to despair at all that is wrong in the world or the church, and do nothing. The fact is all people are flawed, all churches have issues and entire cities, even nations, can backslide. The goal for us is not whether we can see what is wrong – that’s important, but it’s not the goal. Our objective is to look squarely in the face of what is wrong and persevere in love and prayer until that which is wrong is redeemed and made right.
The Bible says that faith is a shield (Eph. 6:16). So when the enemy starts to fire off darts of fear and insecurity, you can get behind your shield of faith and keep going forward with God. But here’s the thing: A shield won’t do you any good unless it’s lifted up. You need to raise up your shield by praying, saying and doing things that line up with God’s Word.
Peace is not placidity: peace is the power to endure the megatron of pain with joy, the silent thunder of release, the ordering of love. Peace is the atom’s start, the primal image: God within the heart.