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I used to think faith was a set of ideals to which we mentally assent, but now I think it’s a call to action.
When we see images of desolation, third-world poverty, and impossibly catastrophic conditions, we relegate them to our “far away” compartment in our minds. If it’s not close to us and doesn’t impact our lives, we can deal with it later. It’s not that urgent, because it’s not imminent to us.
It’s easy for me to care about humanitarian issues around the world, for which the only thing I could do was pray or pay. But when a crisis hit my backyard in the form of a flood that paused the life of thousands, I couldn’t claim to follow a God who goes on rescue missions without being a part of one myself.
Assessing the Damage
I didn’t expect disaster so close to home, but when I saw the damage of the floods in South Carolina this fall, I did expect the Church to do something.
If you’re not really a church or religion person and you’ve had trouble seeing anything good come from Christians, I’m sorry. You likely have stories and experiences of terrible mistreatment, divisiveness, rejection or worse. It’s a rotten injustice when someone neglects to treat another with human dignity, especially if it’s in the name of a belief system.
While acknowledging that is a reality for many of us, I’d also like to invite you to see that not all acts motivated by belief systems are negative. Christians often get it wrong, but we often get it right, too. Sometimes, followers of Jesus can act in the face of tragedy and disaster to make a real difference for the hurting, the grieving and the oppressed.
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What is one way you’ve been challenged to take action and make a difference?