A week ago I issued a Lenten call to action inviting my readers (and, of course, myself!) to rethink their Lenten disciplines. More specifically I challenged us to take action to make God’s world a better place for all people.
Since this is a bit of a stretch for many, I realize that additional rationale may be warranted. And, I understand that many people need multiple invitations before stepping out of their comfort zone to do something new.
Central to the Gospel
Since 2005, Raphael G. Warnock has served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2015 interview he issued an ongoing call to action using these words:
For me, justice making and the work of struggle on behalf of the most marginalized members of the human family is central to the meaning of the gospel and the mission of the church.
In the same interview Warnock shared that while his position affords him considerable opportunities that are not present for everyone the call to action is relevant to all who follow the Way of Jesus. In fact, for those with eyes to see, opportunities abound.
Be local. Start where you are. Know your community. Be a difference maker.
- Who are the marginalized in your local area?
- What key practical and political issues are impacting this group the most at present?
- What can you do? What will you do?
Note: I took the photo used in the post on March 17, 2017, while participating in a Vigil for Ethnic and Religious Solidarity in Denton, Texas. Imam Mohamed Fouad of the Islamic Society of Denton was one of several interfaith leaders who spoke about the work we must to together.Tweet