“We keep waiting. Waiting on the world to change” – John Mayer
Everybody, I believe, somewhere deep inside wants to be a world changer. We all have that dream of a utopian existence where everyone gets along, and children are well cared for and nobody goes hungry and the hope of every beauty pageant contestant is finally realized: world peace. The truth is, though, that this vapor of a dream is as far out of our reach as Neverland. Jesus spoke often of the conflicts and calamities that keep us looking for a better place, and it wasn’t good news. He said, “You will always have poor people, brother will turn against brother, loss will continue, and good will always be opposed by evil.” I’m paraphrasing, obviously, but it’s all there in the red letters. So while we might like to think that if we just wait things will get better, the truth is that things don’t just get better. Someone makes it better. This is ultimately why we need Jesus, but it is also why Jesus needs us. He came and did the heavy, eternal lifting, but as his followers, it is our job to represent him here on the earth. If things are to change – if hungry children are to be fed, and the oppressed find justice, and peace and love are to be spread among humanity – I contend that the followers of Christ ought to be (at least among) the ones doing it.
One Saturday as I was getting ready to head down to the southwest Detroit neighborhood where the Good News Gang buses in kids and ministers to them every week, I had a realization. Changing the world is hard. I know that sounds like an overstatement of the obvious, but I don’t think it is. It’s not hard because it’s big. I think it’s hard because it feels small. Sometimes you do it with little or no help and it’s generally inconvenient and rarely recognized at the time. But if you want to change the world, this is how I think it gets done. You get up, you go out, you get your hands dirty, you alter your schedule and you get busy. That’s what I’m going to do anyway. So on Saturdays, if you are looking for me, you’ll find me in southwest Detroit, hanging out with a few other world changers and a couple hundred inner city kids. One week at a time, one child at a time, we’re doing our best to change the neighborhoods, change this city and change the world.
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