Feeling so helpless . . . It looks like the Dakota Access Pipeline is going to go through, the wall is going to be built, and the inner cities will be controlled by military force. My heart literally aches.
In opposition to God, we care nothing about the earth.
One of the earliest and most sacred commands was to care for the earth . . . “The Lord God took Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15).
In opposition to God, we draw lines between them and us.
Paul wrote that “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). Followers of Jesus do not practice nationalism for they are citizens of the Kingdom of God. They love, honor, and serve all people as brothers and sisters.
It feels as though we are on a downward spiral. And yet, the stock market is up – we have hit 20,000 points for the first time. The rich will get richer while the earth and God’s people (all of us) suffer.
“For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of a truth-teller, carry out your ministry fully” (2Ti 4:3-5).
How can we be so wrong? Where is the Holy Spirit — the one who is the wisdom and power — the one who transforms hearts and actions?
Jesus spoke: “When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative– that is, the Holy Spirit– it will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—shalom (wholeness) of mind and heart. And the shalom I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (Joh 14:26-27).
Come Holy Spirit, descend upon us and do your thing. Change us. Inspire us to love and give generously. You are the only hope we have!
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