24 Feb Change Inside and Out
We can’t change what is right in front of us without changing what’s inside of us
My wife Megan and I lived in the city of Florissant, which borders Ferguson, MO, for about a year. During the heat of the Ferguson situation I began to write a blog and then stopped because I didn’t want to merely add more of the same to what was already being spoken.
As time passes the reality of the race tension/relations issue begins to calm itself in the national spotlight of America. People around the country for the most part are able to go back to pretending that it is no big deal, that it’s not an issue. I would like to be able to say something has changed – in the St. Louis area there has been a good deal of unity forming – but to my knowledge, what has merely happened nationwide is that it’s no longer the urgent right in front of us, it has lost significance in the life of so many. This only makes it worse…
Why does this happen? Why do we do this? It stems from a reality in all of us that we tend to deal with what is right in front of us without dealing with what is inside of us. I’m currently preaching a message series called WHOLE to our church because I believe God’s destiny for everyone who follows Jesus is that we would live whole on the earth. What I see though is a continuation of brokenness in all of us. Why? Because we only focus on what is right in front of us. Our tendency is to stop short of the root; the only way lasting change can happen is if we actually change the root.
Maybe the reason the Ferguson scenario has lost national attention is because ISIS has taken over a large portion of our media newsfeed. People are outraged, and SHOULD be. However, I wonder if we realize the true “fix” that is needed is that we become whole people, everyone following Jesus all around the world. This is the great hope Jesus had in mind. This is why, with all that is happening today, the answer is Jesus through the local church. No Government, no nation can fix the problems and issues of judgment because of skin color or the senseless killing of the innocent. The love of Jesus lived out through people can!
You would expect a pastor to say Jesus is the answer – at least I hope you would – but He can’t merely be the answer in our speech. He can’t merely be the answer in our actions. Jesus must be the answer to us becoming, to us loving (ourselves and others), to us living WHOLE.