We still have a lot to learn…
I am learning about the injustices people face in our nation… oh yes, they happen all around the world but I think my heart aches as an American in this first world nation to see partiality built into laws and systems so that others who are less fortunate will receive less or none.
My friend and I were talking simply about the cost of phones. I understand they are computers built in these hand-held devices but to charge a minimum or average of $1000 when it probably cost less than 1/8 to produce is criminal. (I am totally guessing the cost of phone parts and assemblying… yup but I know I am either guessing on the high end or close to it… *go google it). My mind and mouth start rabbit trailing around how people need phones these days for emergencies and work and communication (not just the fun stuff) but how it costs so much money. How do people with less afford a phone so they can take calls, keep communication with loved ones and do business? I cannot answer all that right now but this is one system and one area that is … yes, business… but wow! Those who can’t afford a phone, just go without or go with and go into deep doo-doo of debt.
So with that, I want to bring us to a place where we aren’t looking at EVERY area and spiraling downward but lifting our gaze.
My favorite place to gaze is upon God! With much injustice and racism and other sins in the worlds, we get to receive counsel from Reverend Tim Keller and also from Bryan Stevenson.
A resource to look at today: https://youtu.be/MyBfOX5OHRQ
As we are ambassadors for light in this world, let us think on those things that are good, pure, right, noble and so on. The Apostle Paul shares from Philippians 4:
Meditate on These Things 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
As we consider how we can keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and think on those things that are true, noble, just and so on… let us consider praying on how we can break the silence on evils of racism and oppression.
Let’s pray: Father, we thank you that you want us to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you. Let us be a people of mission and to walk in our strength. God, as we live as you encourage, may hope spread and light shed on the things in the dark. We pray this 2021, we are agents of change, redemption and reconciliation in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our community in Jesus’ name. Amen.