SUMMER CONNECTIONS: Changing the World

  “Changing the world that is into the world that ought to be.”  This is the core of our mission statement at Foothills, but how do we walk it out?  It’s easy for me to stay comfortable in my Christian bubble, surrounded by my Christian friends, living as inoffensively as I can, but that’s not really changing anything.  Sometimes I feel a bit like the man who buried his talent in the ground out of fear and did nothing (Matthew 25:25)I know I can do more, and I need to do more, because I can.

This July, I had the privilege of attending the General Assembly of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. During the course of Assembly, I popped into a session called “Defend Dignity” which was presented by Glendyne Gerrard, the director of Defend Dignity and our National Director of Women’s Ministries.  Defend Dignity is working toward the abolition of prostitution in Canada.  Don’t roll your eyes and think it can’t be done! It has already been done in Sweden, Norway and Iceland, and is being discussed in other nations.  I would love to see Canada on that list, because I believe that fundamentally Canada is a nation that values people, all people, and we need to care for the marginalized and disenfranchised, for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). This may be our generation’s equivalent of William Wilberforce’s campaign to end slavery in the British Empire.

As yet, I’m not sure where this will take me.  I’m going to talk to my MP (many prayers and blessings to the men and women who have chosen to serve us in government–a thankless job!), and I’m going to join forces with those who are already working to make a change.  I want to be a part of something that will work to change our laws, change our attitudes, and change the lives of girls and women who are trapped in a dehumanizing lifestyle so they can see their true value, in the name of Jesus.

Consider the ways God calls us to respond to the needs around us:

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)   Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

Check out http://www.defenddignity.ca/ to see what this is all about. And while you’re at it, make the play “She Has a Name” part of your summer plans; it’s going to be at the Calgary Fringe Festival Aug 3- 11. 

(See http://shehasaname.net/ for more information).

A prayer: Open my eyes, Lord, to see what You want me to see. Soften my heart so I can understand more fully what breaks Your heart. Help me to love those who need to know that You love them. Give me the courage to help change the world that is into the world that ought to be. Amen.

 

Contributed by Joy  Stalder

 

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