Be a Justice Maker

photo by Greg Smith

photo by Greg Smith

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.

So What?

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.

Comments

  1. Good morning Greg!
    Thank you so much for your Passion to stand
    by those who pray awake in the garden of Gethsemane.
    Jesus asked for wakeful companionship as he struggled
    in his mental and physical anguish.
    His friends, fatigued by the intellectual and physical witness
    of their beloved, yet confounding visionary leader’s
    call to everyone with ears to hear and eyes to see –
    to actively embrace, celebrate and share in abundance.
    Good stewardship naturally includes physical investment.
    Our earthen community of sisters and brothers are interlacing arms
    and Will, Together, achieve and celebrate
    foundational sustainable whole health.
    Enlightenment is at hand.
    ??????
    Be well!
    Love much!
    Kerry

  2. Good morning Greg!
    Thank you so much for your Passion to stand
    by those who pray awake in the garden of Gethsemane.
    Jesus asked for wakeful companionship as he struggled
    in his mental and physical anguish.
    His friends, fatigued by the intellectual and physical witness
    of their beloved, yet confounding visionary leader’s
    call to everyone with ears to hear and eyes to see –
    to actively embrace, celebrate and share in abundance.
    Good stewardship naturally includes physical investment.
    Our earthen community of sisters and brothers are interlacing arms
    and Will, Together, achieve and celebrate
    foundational sustainable whole health.
    Enlightenment is at hand. Selah!
    Be well!
    Love much!
    Kerry

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