We had a great night at church tonight. Mike was speaking on poverty. He referenced the Glenn Beck call for Christians to run from churches promoting social justice (the one that got me hot and bothered last week). He talked about how completely opposite this is from the Jesus we see in scripture. And then, he "went rogue".
He encouraged people who felt that they had an excess, to think about giving. He encouraged people who have skills that they could donate, to meet up and make a list of what they could do. He then asked people who had a serious need to gather and talk about what their needs were, to see about matching them with people there who could help.
Is this socialism? Is this social justice? Who cares. It's what Jesus taught. I'm so glad to be a part of a church that does not abandon clear passages on justice and poverty because it better fits some political ideology. I was moved and proud to be a part of our church tonight.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always." (Isa. 58:9-11).