Rumors and Repentance
Today, Christians are often compromised by the proliferation of rumors, or flawed stories, that are passed around in social and professional circles through Face Book, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media. When we are drawn into these conversations we fail to realize the damaging effects. Secondly, we have our little “pity parties” and take no action.
During the holiday season we surround ourselves with our friends and give out our beautiful stories of holiday cheer on all of our social interactions to the point we cover over a hard reality–there are millions of people who are suffering on our streets alone. They have no food, they have no friends, they have nothing but the clothes on their back, and the majority can not find health care.
Presently I know two people who are dying of cancer, and it has been impossible to get them the support they need. There is one young man, with a college degree, who has been unable to find a job, and lives out of his van, and moves from one city to another looking for work.
These are not rumors, but flesh and blood people, out of countless millions. We hear of our economic recovery and yet that recovery does not touch the lives of millions. Our media over looks that the majority of the time. We cry out for our government to take care of “those in need”, and for what it is worth the City of San Francisco has done its best, I can give nothing but praise to the efforts of San Francisco. What is needed is a transformation in all of society to turn our eyes to the needs of the “least of these” and to give of our own plenty.
Jesus reminds us that “if we do not repent, we will all perish,” and repentance takes the form of opening our eyes and seeing the need, and moving from that seeing into doing. And that doing during this Thanksgiving time can lead to doing all year long. By doing for me it simply means to feed people each day of my life, to look them in the eye and to speak to them, to continually through emails, phone calls, and letter writing to lift up the needs of the homeless to our government officials, and to live simply, in order that other’s may life.
Frankly it is simply a matter of opening our eyes, and experience that suffering as we walk with people. We can hide behind our charades of “all is well”; or “our elected officials are doing what they can,” or “these people deserve what they have,”, or we can open our hearts, repent of our ignorance and of doing nothing, and take the one little step at a time. And those little steps together will swell into a water fall of steps and change the situation. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!