Another observation that I made during our conversation last night is that sometimes churches and Christians can be so consumed with the global picture of injustice that we forget to stand with our own members. That is for many reasons I guess. The social injustices around the world seem to be great atrocities than those in our own backyard. The problem of sex slavery and genocide are affecting thousands and is in need of immediate attention. I did not minimalize the need of global social justice last night and I won't do that today. I just reminded myself and those I pastor that we need both/and not either/or. We need balance.
One of the problems I see is that we would rather throw money at the issues, than be present in them ourselves. No doubt fighting genocide and taking care of 3 recent orphans is going to take some money, but there needs to be something more in the mix...our hearts and presence. And as we were talking about missions originally in the conversation last night I made the point that we tend to treat missions the same way. We tend to hire people to go do missions, just like we hire people to do ministry here in the states. We have turned in our Priesthood of All Believers card and taken up our Financiers for All Ministry card. Everyone is gifted in different ways, and those in ministry and missions certainly need people to finance their ministries and financially support their living. However, everyone is responsible for continuing to bring the kingdom to earth through sharing what Christ has done, is doing, and can/will do!
The greatest injustice is that we who are still sinners are constantly being redeemed and found worthy to speak the name of Christ and one day when he returns will enjoy his great inheritance. Jesus suffered at the hands of great injustice too and yet God's will still was done.
The greatest injustice ever known on Earth came on a Friday with a cross.
The greatest injustice ever known in Heaven came on a Sunday with an empty tomb.
So while, we suffer through the injustices of the world, it is God making unjust things just that will bring us to Him in eternity.