Lights, Camera...
August 7

Let’s pretend for a minute we are in a somewhat dire situation. Let’s go with a boat that is sinking or a building that has collapsed. If we were on a boat and it started to sink, we would look for the best way to fix the situation. Either we would do our best to get the water out of the boat and fix the leak, or, if there was no way to save the boat, we would look for the best way to get to safety. Or if a building had collapsed right in front of us. we would do our best to figure out how to help the people that might be trapped inside. We wouldn't argue about the best pail to use or how to do it, we would just do it. We wouldn't argue about the lifeboat or who is allowed into the boat, we would just figure it out. We wouldn't argue about how to save the folks inside, we would just do it.  

We find ourselves, once again, confronted with a bunch of body bags, and instead of working to figure out what we should do, we just argue. Are we in denial that there is a problem or are we so set in our ways that we are unwilling to budge so that a safer world may be found? Now I'm not suggesting that we should throw all the guns into the ocean and I'm not suggesting that we should all walk around with guns on our hips like the wild west, but something needs to be done. No parent should have to talk to their kids about what to do if they hear gunshots in their school. No one should have to look for hiding places or escape exits when they go shopping. No parent should have to worry that their child may not make it home because of the color of their skin. This is the sinking boat, this is the collapsed building, but instead of doing something about it, we just argue.  

The easy route is to point fingers or wait for DC to fix the problem, and although we elect people that we hope will act in the best interest of ALL of God's people, are we taking any action ourselves? If someone is spewing hate, do we have the courage to confront it? If something seems off, will we say something? When I flew last week, I saw signs all over the airports in response to the human trafficking epidemic we are facing. These signs encouraged folks to report anything that may seem off, saying that you may just save someone's life. Do we have that kind of courage? Of course, this isn't going to be an easy fix, but it’s a problem that we need to address. It is worth the struggle and the pain because lives are at stake. What will you do to make the world a better place?

When we do baptisms at the church where I serve, we give the family of the person who was baptized a candle, and we instruct them to let their light shine out in the world so that the world might know of God's light. We all carry that light and it is that light that needs to be shining into these dark places. In movies the call for “Lights!” always ends with “Action!”  The world needs our action right now. Stop arguing, stop placing blame, stop waiting for others to fix the problem. Let the light of your faith that is always with you lead to action in a broken world that needs good people like you to help, because the boat is sinking, and the building has collapsed. So, what will you do? 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: August 14, 2019 10:01 AM