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As November approaches…

Written by coldfire136 : March 14, 2008

keepyourcoins.jpgIn this election season, thinking about presidential candidates is important, but thinking on a localized level is much more important. Christ has called us to speak into our context. For most of us, this context is our cities. For instance, do you personally know what your mayor stands for and the major things he is trying to get done? Do you know who your state legislator is or your state assemblyman (or assemblywoman) is? Do you know the superintendent of your district?

People must understand that, while the president is an important figurehead in the world, he has little to do with the changes and policies of our cities. Even at the state level, the president does not make many of the decisions that affect our lives. Our governors make a great many of the decisions having to do with education, labor laws, and other things within our states.

But working through the city and state governments should not even be the main way Christians interact with society. The main agent of change in the world should be the church. There are those who believe the primary job of the church should stay in the compartmentally religious sector, but as Christians we should not see the secular-sacred divide. All things that we do should be done to the glory of God. All things that we say should be done to the glory of God.

So as a Christian who wants to get involved in the world, I have a few simple suggestion that—while some of these may make us uncomfortable—are some ways we can “be the church” to the world around us.

1. House a homeless person with no conditions off the streets. If you want a good story that embodies this read Les Miserables.
2. Go to a board of education meeting to learn about the struggles in the community and make friends with those on the board.
3. Have a meeting with the mayor of your city to discuss how your local church can help make this city a better place.
4. Have your services outside on the church lawn, and convert your sanctuary into a place to house the homeless and the aliens with a full soup kitchen that serves meals daily and provides them with eschatological hope in Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
5. Meet with the principal at a local school and ask how you can be involved to help teachers in the classroom or in after school programs.
6. Read this story about Burmese immigrants and find out if there are similar situations in your hometown. If there are, find ways to help them in more ways that simply giving them money.
7. Volunteer your time at a local food bank.
8. Begin a small group that meets in the home throughout the week. Every other week you should meet to pray, fellowship, and study God’s word. On the other two alternating weeks, find a place that you and your team and serve directly in the community.
9. Throw away your TV and spend all the time you would be watching TV reading books on economic, social, and political issues to be an informed citizen.
10. Sell something of great value to you, and give the money away by taking those who can’t repay you out to lunch and dinner where you dream together about what the kingdom of God should like in our world.

Notice that none of my suggestions simply allow someone to throw money at a “cause.” If we are the church, then we ourselves should embody Jesus Christ as Lord day in and day out.

Author Bio:: Daniel Kam keeps a blog at www.coldfire.wordpress.com. He is a senior at Azusa Pacific University, and dreams of the kingdom of God truly on earth.

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6 Responses to “As November approaches…”

  1. mountainguy on March 14th, 2008 11:41 am

    that’s ok. but we (as church) should do this while making us apart from Caesar. The kingdom it’s not to come by dominionism, nor by any alliance with human governments/institutions.

    I really enjoyed your post.

  2. mountainguy on March 14th, 2008 11:53 am

    maybe I seemed to be a little fanatic. I’m just saying that we should help without waiting anything from government.

    blessings

  3. coldfire136 on March 14th, 2008 12:32 pm

    I mean to put this link in with the Burmese immigrants. It is a really sad story.

    http://weblog.xanga.com/papua2001mk/646912398/discovering-30-stranded-refugee-familiespractically-in-my-backyard.html

    Mark, if you could link that to number 6 in my list so people can read the story. Thanks.

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  5. Joe on March 17th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the examples Daniel. I think that’s a good place for Xtians who want to witness socially to start. We are all part of local economies and polities. We all benefit from them or participate in them. I think its an indication of our rootedness in the communities and cultures around us. Perhaps God has planted us in these localities for a purpose such as this.

    Though I echo concerns about dependency upon “Caesar”, I recognize that for the vulnerable (and a good many Xtians among them) the choices are not easy or simple, because they are not as well cushioned by privileges as many of us are.

    To the list of activities I would add: Offer to accompany schoolchildren to and from school as Peacemakers. In Chicago, my hometown we have had a wave of school shootings. It is befitting for Xtians as peacemakers to take the initiative to stand with vulnerable children in such a time of need.

  6. Danny on March 17th, 2008 2:54 pm

    That is a great idea Joe.

    Thanks for sharing the idea.

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