Sometimes I want to ask God why he allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when he could do something about it, but I’m afraid He might just ask me the same question.
I’ve seen this quote many times, but when I saw it, again, last week, it resonated on a different level. It did more than express the weight of responsibility God places on Christians, it gave me a crazy sense that something good was about to ignite, like a movement was underway–ready to turn this place upside down.
After I posted the quote on my Facebook page in bright yellow letters, I felt hope rise when more than 1800 people liked it and shared it with friends, and then later felt it again when I saw that more than 3500 people came to this site to read about my struggle to sleep on the street in Addis this past Friday.
Despite being in one of the deepest darkest places on earth, I experienced a startling hope rising inside me when I was out there that night, lying in the dirt, next to so many hurting people, I felt in that place that their need, their hunger, their suffering is a calling for Christians, not a mandate for governments. It made me realize that we need to stop questioning why so many live in prosperity, while others go without, and, instead, start asking how we, the blessed, can become a blessing.
I feel hope in all this that something great is about to happen, and am excited there are many of us out there who are feeling this, ready to drop it all and share the love of God, no matter the personal cost. Ready for something new.
And the beauty in this is that all of us are way past thinking of ourselves as special. The truth is many of us have all been hurt, we have failed and messed up ourselves, but it’s out of the frustrated, complicated, disappointed, painful, wounded past that many of us share on this earth that we learning to share the love of our perfect God.
In Romans, Paul lists the good things that come through difficulty. Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance brings character, and character offers hope. It’s interesting, to me, that Paul lists hope last.
Hope is a byproduct, not an impetus. Hope is something attained through struggle, something we gain only after we’ve wandered through the darkness. Many of us have experienced the dark side, failed miserably on our own and are, now, compelled to express God’s love to the wounded.
I believe there’s a growing movement of ordinary people preparing to do extraordinary things. For Him.
I don’t know exactly where we’re headed, but I believe change is coming. Change that will bring a new community of Christians who will stand against the prosperity gospel– that has choked the Spirit of God in churches– who will fiercely serve the lost, the hungry, the poor, the orphans.
I know one thing for sure, this will not be a movement from the top down–with leaders calling out orders—but, instead, a pandemic of individuals offering love in simple ways, a people ignited with passion, ready to serve Him with everything we have. All of it.
Do you feel it coming? Can you sense a revolution? Do you hear His call?