Our new President champions hope in what for many looks like a hopeless time. He stresses individual contributions that advance the common good because he knows government can only do so much. I believe in the concept of hope and I've been thinking a lot about what our role as Christians should be in the present economic and cultural milieu.
Many learned people have said that even the smallest contribution of one well-meaning person can make a difference. One small pebble thrown into a pool creates larger and larger circles of energy. Jesus honored the woman who gave the tiniest bit of money because her heart was good, her action generous. Her giving of the mite caught the attention of the Lord of the Universe.
Barak Obama was elected President because of the selfless acts of thousands of men and women who paved the way for him. Visit the web sites that champion the work of civil rights workers and you'll understand how a multitude of small acts can create a revolution.
At a time such as this we all need to do what we can with a good heart and a generous spirit. What might that look like?
What if we all gave a bit more to worthy causes or started to give something to one? Even if it meant adjusting our personal standard of living.
What if we wrote to companies we hold stock in and asked them not to worry about hitting insane profit projections but instead focus on being just, loyal and honorable?
What if we owned a company and decided to make less and hire one more? or two? or three?
What if we went to management and told them we'd be willing to make less if it meant someone else could keep a job?
What if we had a two bedroom family living in a five bedroom home and decided to rent a couple of rooms out to those who've hit hard times?
What if we owned a bank and decided to renegotiate some loans?
What if we decided to tithe our money, our time, and our talents?
What if we gathered friends together and chose to live more intentionally in community?
What if we intentionally decided to downsize and with our savings invest in those who have real need?
Now is the time. It really is. This could be the best time to practice our faith, honor God, and to model kingdom living. Scratch 'could be'. This is the time.
What will we decide to do?
Listen carefully. There are echoes all around us of the prophets calling us to justice and righteousness and sacrifice. There is a clarion call to be God's people... to light a torch, to carry a burden, to meet a need. Little acts of courage and sacrifice can make a difference. What will you do?