By Tera Ertz
I have been reading a lot of random Scripture today, and a lot of random stuff on facebook, and when Stacy asked me when I was going to write again for you lovely readers, I promptly said, “I’ll do it tonight.” And I promptly found myself struggling with what to write about. You see there is just so much. The military leaders in Egypt are warning that nation is about to implode. The President is condemning Republicans for their unwillingness to compromise on gun control. The former Secretary of State is sticking to her assertion that the events behind the murder of four Americans on foreign soil, on her watch, doesn’t really matter now. A major spokesperson for abortion rights has stated on the record that yes life begins at conception, but not all life is equal, so abortion is still okay. The Center for Reproductive Rights celebrated the death of 55 million babies with a hook up video starring a very attractive black man making sexy eyes at the camera. New studies have surprised some clueless person somewhere by showing that pedophilia, like homosexuality, is really just a sexual preference that we can’t control. And Tim Robbins donated $500 to 10 different Republican campaigns during the 2006 cycle, and when questioned claimed it was because he felt the people of this country needed to start looking for common ground. In other words, I’m looking at the news today, and the world just seems really upside down. What can one little red-head accomplish with mere words upon a computer screen in the face of such overwhelming, heartbreaking brokenness in the world?
Then I remembered a conversation I was having yesterday with a friend on another article here on Contagious Transformations. A friend of mine pointed out how very useless all our political posturing is when it comes right down to it. He said “If I truly have faith, and I focus on what God intends me to do, which is spread a little bit of His kingdom around wherever I go, then whatever happens in the political arena won’t effect me in ways that God won’t take care of. And honestly, which life am I living for? The one here, or the next one?” Now, to me this revelation doesn’t mean that we don’t work to make our world a better place, and that includes our politics. It doesn’t mean that we don’t stand up for what we know in our hearts to be right. But, it does mean that it doesn’t matter how insane the rest of the world has gone. God is God. Our job isn’t to be God, to fix the whole of the brokenness of the world. Our job is simply to do the work of building His kingdom, one step, one opportunity, one person at a time.
So, tonight my fellow travelers on the narrow path to Heaven, I would like to share this prayer with you, because that, in this moment, is what one red-headed believer equipped with a keyboard and a whole lot of faith can do.
Daddy, the world is torn and tattered tonight, and it’s been that way a while. We’ve got lives ending before they can begin, wars setting pieces of the world on fire, dishonesty in places high and low, confusion all around us. The evils of the world seem to have slipped their chains and run amok these days, and we weep Daddy. But, even in the midst of this turmoil, uncertainty and strife, we lift our eyes to you with joy and adoration because we know that this is not our final home. Show us the way to build Your kingdom Daddy. Give us the courage to stand for Your righteousness. Give us the strength to reach for the lost and carry them toward Your embrace. Let Your Spirit move Daddy, we’re willing, we’re ready, and we wait to bring You delight. Thank You Daddy, for Your presence and Your assurance, and the promise of our life in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Which life are you living for today? Be blessed and be a blessing.