Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Is the Body being effective?

Somehow I have not been able to leave this idea of Christ’s mission. This passage keeps sticking in my mind. What I am talking about is Jesus’ inaugural declaration and especially the prophecy He said He was fulfilling. Jesus makes this reading in Luke 4:18, 19:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the
gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

How is today’s church fulfilling this? Shouldn’t the “Body of Christ” be carrying on His mission? Isn’t Christ looking for a Bride with common goals? Are we really reaching the poor? Are we setting free those held in bondage? Are we showing Christ’s light to those in darkness? Are we standing with the oppressed? Too often, we get so got up in our little systems, our governments, ideologies, and even theologies that we try to take over the big picture. Instead we need to leave the big picture and plan to God and do the little things that we can for the individuals we come in contact with. This is the true message of the Gospel. The work of the Kingdom is not limited to one nation’s policies; it is for all people everywhere who are willing to make the difference they can.

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