Thursday, May 08, 2008

More talk, less action- or is it the other way around?

There was a short blurb in today's Tribune regarding the continuing dialog about faith and politics. 70 evangelical leaders released their manifesto in Washington DC today. Their goal is to address the confusion about who evangelicals are and clarify a view on evangelicals in public life. Jim Wallis, whom I love, included some excerpts in his weekly email so I was able to read the manifesto. They also give everyone the option to sign it as well.

These words resonate with me:

We believe that being disciples of Jesus means serving him as Lord in every sphere of our lives, secular as well as spiritual, public as well as private, in deeds as well as words, and in every moment of our days on earth, always reaching out as he did to those who are lost as well as to the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the socially despised, and being faithful stewards of creation and our fellow creatures.
It's a tall order for all of us. I appreciate the intent behind the manfiesto but I wonder if another document will bring about change. I love what Wallis and his Sojourners movement has done so far. But when do we stop talking about the problems and start creating solutions? If they will know we are Christians by our love, how will they see any love unless we start acting? Believe me, I don't know what the first step should be. However, the economy is only getting worse. How can we justify talking about misconceptions about evangelicals when our country is troubled by increased gas prices, the lack of affordable housing and healthcare, homelessness, etc.? We need to live out our faith. Enough of the dialog. Let's show the world what living for Christ really looks like.


Rick said...

What's the first step? What are you doing today? Who are you going to come into contact with? That is the first step. As Christians, let's not confuse our responsibility to be Christ with being a political action committee. Too often we wait for a "plan" or a committee. Just start being Christ to people. If everyone who claimed Jesus as their Lord actually acted like it then we wouldn't need affordable housing and healthcare, nor would we care what the economy was doing. Jesus never looked for a political solution, neither should we.

HopefulLSW said...

As always, I appreciate your words of wisdom. That is why you will forever be my honorary big brother.