We should be burdened for those who are suffering injustices.
I’ve never been an angry guy, or had a hot temper. A few of my friends have, but it’s never rubbed off on me. Not in the way it does to most people, anyway. I get angry at injustices in the world. Homeless people, without a shelter in the winter. Girls who are being sex trafficked for money. Kids who get abused by their drunken parents. Those are a few things that can really get under my skin. But more than anything, the one thing that gets me the most upset, is the lack of the body of believers doing anything about it.
I was talking to a really close friend of mine at church tonight, and he was telling me how those things affect him. And how he wishes he could just reach out to everybody who needs help, who crosses his path. The whole time I was thinking, that is exactly what we need in our churches today, people like him. People who get uncomfortable, when someone is treating someone else bad. But not only uncomfortable, but who will have the guts to stand up for the injustices they see. I think we are few and far between, in the grand scale of Christians. Most people are okay with playing church, and don’t care about doing what is demanded of them as sons of God.
“Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:
My house was designated a house of prayer; You have made it a hangout for thieves. Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them.” Matthew 21:12
Jesus was pissed! He saw the injustices happening in a Temple which was created to worship God, and he went all crazy on them throwing stuff around, turning tables over, running people out who were there for the wrong reasons. And making room for the sick people who needed him. What do you think he would do now if he came into our churches today? First off, I think he would be mad that so many people were in a building, instead of in the streets where the people are. Plus he would be able to see right through the hypocrites, who show up to a building with no reason, or regard for Christ. But most importantly I think he would be the most upset, that as Christians we haven’t been fulfilling the great commission.
It’s time for us to get angry. But not only get angry, do something about what upsets us. You don’t like how someone is being treated? Treat them better. You feel burdened for the homeless guy you see everyday? Take some extra blankets to him. You don’t like that people are being trafficked for sex? Stand up and be their voice. Get angry, show love, do something about it.