Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Justice Irritation

Because I'm often asked how I, or Epic, has developed a heart for justice, let me say this. The first step is simply letting things bother you, to even notice: The hungry, the poor, the marginalized, those abused by the system, or those just plain abused. Your conscience (or the Spirit) becomes like an irritant in your spirit, in your field of vision, on your pocketbook, on your schedule. And over time, over many years, as you do something about it, that nagging conscience, you discover that the irritant has become a pearl, the pearl of great price that you are willing to do a great many crazy things to have. You have the pearl, but the pearl also has you. God has you.

Not of This World

I don't know what it is with Christians? Last week I was driving to pick up my kids from school when I noticed that the car in front of me had the bumper sticker: "Not of this world" - a reference to John 15:19 or 17:16, though that exact saying is not actually in scripture (though the idea is certainly there). That the car was a Lexus RX300, made me chuckle at the irony. Just to be clear, I'm not standing in judgment of those who drive a Lexus (I believe you can be a good person of faith and drive a Lexus). But if you have the gall to make that claim publicly on your Lexus RX300, then it's fair game. I never got the chance, but I wonder if they would've been willing to swap their car for my 13-year old Camry? Since they're not of this world, I'm just assuming they really wouldn't mind. I obviously am.