No Place For Walls
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I said, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:35-37, 40
This Bible passage shows who Christ is calling us to be as His children. We are to love and care for each other, with kindness, compassion and hospitality. It is important to view strangers and all the people in our lives, as though we are serving Christ. As God's breath, everything we do for each other shows respect and love for Jesus.
Sadly enough, we are living in a time in history, where many people have become unkind, disrespectful and selfish. The news reflects the turmoil that exists in the world, in the government and society. There are walls of division - literally and figuratively. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia are rampant. However, all is not lost. Yes, there is evil in the world, but God has overcome the world and there is good that we don't often hear about.
I attended the UCC General Synod this last week and it gave me an opportunity to see how the UCC shows up in the world. I was amazed to see just how involved our denomination is, in making a true difference in the lives of people, and making a better world to share and leave for the next generation, through service.
We prayed, had powerful worship services, and the voting members voted on issues that impacted the denomination. Nominees for General Synod leadership roles were selected. Those who were in favor or opposed the nominee, were given time to speak and be heard on the Conference floor. There was a protest against the treatment and terrible camp living conditions, that immigrant children and their families, seeking asylum, religious freedom and a better life, are forced to live in.
What really stood out for me is the desire, determination and courage to fight for social justice for all. Not as a political statement but from the stance of being Jesus' hands, feet and mouthpiece in the world. Taking a stand for Christ by caring for our brothers and sisters and using the Word of God, to tear down walls of chaos, oppression and division.
Faith UCC, we too, treat everyone who joins us in worship and comes to the Food Pantry, as though Jesus is standing before us. We have chosen to take care of the least of these. Each time we make the courageous choice to love each other, and take care of the least of these, walls of division are coming down because we honor the words on our doors and Jesus' instruction - May We All be One.
Let's continue to make the choice to be obedient to God's Word, and do as He instructs us to do, in John 15:12 - Love each other, as I have Loved you. I Love You All, My Faith UCC family! Together, we are doing and going to do even Greater things, for the Kingdom of God! Amen
Be blessed always,