I wish I could fix global poverty. I cannot. I wish I could fix the systemic breakdown of racial and economic inequities. I cannot. I wish I could cheer every lonely person and comfort every sick person. I cannot. I cannot cancel the effects of bad decisions made in countless households, much less countless political administrations. Those are things we have to do together. And that is not my job. What is my job? What can I do all alone and with the families that I connect with at the church we call "The Tower?" It isn't that hard. And it is not at all confusing. We can punch hunger, sickness, racism, and an abundance of issues in its proverbial nose right where we live.
Jesus said it this way, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’" And the Bible tells us in the book of James, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."