This Too Shall Be Made Right

I’ve been thinking this week about the evils of the world. It probably started last week when I read an article by Greg Boyd that got me thinking. Now please realize, I’m not agreeing with everything Greg said, but it got me thinking. Specifically it got me thinking about the reality of abortion and the thought processes that have allowed this infanticide to be excuseable and even normal in our culture. It made me think of a Derek Webb lyric:

“We’re trading comfort for human life
and that’s not just murder it’s suicide”
~ Derek Webb, This Too Shall Be Made Right (The Ringing Bell)

It’s harsh, but it’s true. Then on Monday I read Dan Edelen’s post on how the Church should be meeting needs around us. It’s good stuff, you should read it. So I’m mulling over all of this on Monday, being distracted by Valentine’s Day, and then I get up on Tuesday with “This Too Shall Be Made Right” stuck in my head. So I’m mulling it over, listening to it as I do lesson plans and grade papers, and suddenly all of it falls into place inside my brain. Here’s what I’m thinking.

Sin destroys. Sin twists, maims, taints, corrupts, and kills. Sin entering the world is what changed this place from Eden to the Earth we inhabit today. Sin’s presence is what allowed Cain to decide killing his brother was the best response to his scenario. Sin is what brought judgement on the earth in the form of a flood. Sin is what makes us okay with the idea of taking a life to ensure our own comfort. Sin is what allows us to profit from the hardships of our fellow man. Sin is what helps us ignore the plight of others while we live in comfort. Sin is responsible for the attrocities in this world because sin is what has destroyed what God created as perfect.

Sin is the reason Christ came and died.

Here’s the important part. Christ didn’t just die, he came too. Throughout his ministry Christ talked over and over again about how He came to heal, to cure, to fix, to mend. Obviously, His work on the cross was the ultimate healing in creating the bridge that can bring us back into fellowship with God. That’s not all though. A life in fellowship with God and a heart ever growing closer to it’s creator will be a driving, powerful force in fixing and healing the destruction and sickness caused by sin. We see this in Christ’s life and ministry. We see this in the apostles. I dare say, we can see this in our own lives if we look.

As we live our lives according to the way God asks us to, we’ll see the relationships that our sins have destroyed being repaired. As we act in a manner that God would have us act, we see the scenarios we’re in being effected by the love of God. Healing will take place when we’re walking in the power of God and letting our salvation actually change us.

This is where Dan’s post comes in. When we live the way he’s encouraging us to, that’s when we see real healing in the world around us. Maybe we don’t see an end to world hunger. Maybe we can’t stop abortion. Maybe we can’t end civil wars and genocides. You know what though? We can end the suffering of a teenager that needs a family to take them in. We can bring help to a family struggling to pay their bills and keep their kids in clothes. We can help heal the thinking of a teenage mother who’s lost and doesn’t see a lot of options.

Healing occurs in this world when God’s  love is acted out. We as the church are supposed to be ambassador’s, hands, and feet to this world. We’re the ones that have to take action. That’s how things in our lives are made right. That’s how things in our community are made right. That’s how things in this world are made right.

If we can learn to live out the gospel, first in our own lives, then in our community, we will start to see this world healed.

And this too shall be made right. 

“People love you the most for the things you hate
and hate you for loving the things that you cannot keep straight
people judge you on a curve
and tell you you’re getting what you deserve
this too shall be made right

Children cannot learn when children cannot eat
stack them like lumber when children cannot sleep
children dream of wishing wells
whose waters quench all the fires of Hell
this too shall be made right

The earth and the sky and the sea are all holding their breath
wars and abuses have nature groaning with death
we say we’re just trying to stay alive
but it looks so much more like a way to die
this too shall be made right

There’s a time for peace and there is a time for war
a time to forgive and a time to settle the score
a time for babies to lose their lives
a time for hunger and genocide
this too shall be made right

I don’t know the suffering of people outside my front door
I join the oppressors of those who i choose to ignore
I’m trading comfort for human life
and that’s not just murder it’s suicide
this too shall be made right”
~ Derek Webb

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