Feeling so helpless!

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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4 thoughts on “Feeling so helpless!

  1. I woke this morning feeling this very thing. I suppose it didn’t help that I was reading Dark Money..a book about the way billionaires have reformatted political conversation in their favor. “What can we do” is my lament but deep down inside I know the time for lament is over. Perhaps the hangover from the March last Saturday, when all seemed possible again despite the darkness hovering over and around us. Perhaps waking up and feeling alone. Then reading these words made me realize, we are not alone. We cannot be hopeless even as the Kingdom we’ve worked so hard to establish a foundation for seems ready to crumble. I guess the truth is God is asking us for more. More always more. Daunting to be sure, we lose so much of “ourselves” in that equation, but we have All to Gain.
    Peace

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  2. My seminary professor would agree with you. He used to say that Christianity went down hill after Constantine made Christianity the official religion – that we can’t have that kind of power and do the work of God. He didn’t even think Christianity existed well within organized religion. Something to think about at least!

    By the way… thank you for reading James in the Suburbs!!

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    1. I always thought that if political power was the point, Jesus could easily have taken that route right from the beginning. I am loving the book, although it really makes confront some issues in my own life! I’ve been taking it slowly and an nearly done, but I think I will have to go back and read it again, taking notes!

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  3. I’m reading your book James in the Suburbs, and so much of it applies directly to our situation. When Christians decided that Christianity= patriotism and political power, it changed us for the worse. I think the church never does well when it seeks and wields temporal power.

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