Monday, September 21, 2009

Be the change you want to see in the world

We had our 2nd "Ask Anything" Sunday yesterday. To read a description of the first "Ask Anything," click here.
The fact that we're open to answering impromptu questions in front of the entire congregation is one more way, to quote someone from Sunday, "Trinity Family isn't like most churches."

The final question was "Is health care a human right in God's eyes."
You can listen to it starting at 31:57 here.
Obviously, that question carries some heavy political baggage but our panel was able to transcend the political division and challenge our congregation to be the Body of Christ. Mike Palmer used a great example from the early church; Christians staying in Rome and giving their lives to help those dying of a communicable disease while the majority of the city (especially the upper class who had the financial means to do so) fled for the safety of the countryside. If people who claim to follow Christ would repent of the sin of consumerism and begin following Jesus' teaching about giving to the poor, we wouldn't have to ask the government to provide health care. I can't remember whom, Ben or Mike, challenged our people to "be the change you want to see in the world." That's a beautiful description of what it means to give your life for Jesus' Kingdom.
Later that night, I heard about someone in our congregation going and buying medicine for another person who couldn't afford it. That's "being the change you want to see."

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