What does it look like to be like Jesus in a society desperate for justice and reconciliation? The first is this: don’t do it alone. Christian love is most potent in community. Work together.
Offer God's Love Story
You don’t have to survive sexual assault or be thwarted with systemic racism or discrimination to be empathetic and moved to righteous action. You just need to offer the kind of love Jesus expressed in Matthew 11:28–30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (NIV). Offer the love that listens and holds space for grief and processing. Resist the trite, the sappy, the shallow lies, and lavish the gritty, dedicated love that flows from God Himself. Jesus was not content to live in His glorious heaven. He wasn’t driven by comfort, but by love. Love that sees, suffers alongside, sacrifices, delivers, and advocates.
Pray and Fast
Jesus said that some evil spirits can only be cast out by prayer (Mark 9:29). Fasting punctuates our prayer life; each pang of hunger reminds us of our utter dependence on God for spiritual and physical nourishment. “Blessed are those,” Jesus said, “who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6 NIV). There’s a blessing in the longing for wholeness; for the wrongs of the world to be made right. The longing and the dependence draw us closer to the Lord.
Pursue Justice More Than Comfort
Understand that just because you may not have been adversely affected by injustice, racism, abuse, or the threat of violence doesn’t mean you don’t have to care. Your indifference today has repercussions for your sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, and your neighbors, tomorrow. Remember: the question isn’t “who’s my neighbor?” but “how can I be a better neighbor?” Apathy is not a fruit of the Spirit of God. Go ahead and ask the Lord what He wants from you.
Donate and Educate
What books are at your bedside? What charities and organizations are regularly appearing on your bank statements? Where do you volunteer your time? Organizations that liberate, educate, minister, and empower should be all over your timeline, your Instagram feed, and your bank statement. We can’t all bust through brothel doors, but every one of us can support those who do.
We worship the God who pursues and lifts up the outcast. God sees injustice and the violation and abhors it. Jesus’ life is a testament to the love of the triune God, who adopts, redeems, and heals the broken and the outcast. May our lives serve as a testament as well.
What's your call to action as you read through this day?
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