Having started a new job working for a charity who work with one of the most marginalised groups in society, I was exposed yesterday to a report which was absolutely heart breaking. Looking at how these people have been let down by society, unloved, unsupported and abused throughout their lives I experienced a real out pouring of righteous anger.
Ephesians 4:26 – In your anger do not sin
I’m not sure what I can do individually, but I do know that I can pray and I know that the charity I work with and other similar ones are working hard to support and help people in this situation. But what about the root causes, the things that failed these people right from the start of their lives? That is harder to address and I find myself today praying in groans through the Holy Spirit and seeking God’s face on how we can make our world better.
I was drawn today to Philippians 2:12 15 – Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
A good starting point for Christians then is to live our lives in love, so we do shine amongst others and offer hope in this otherwise hopeless world. Following our God without grumbling or arguing, doing what he asks, loving our neighbour as ourselves and by saying neighbour I mean all those we come across in society but maybe more specifically those who struggle and are marginalised, difficult or challenging. God works in us to fulfil his good purpose, let’s be willing vessels open to his calling.