getting my hands dirtier

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icon550.jpgI watched ABC’s Democratic Presidential Candidate Debates.  All candidates agreed we need to end the war, but there were varying opinions on an appropriate exit strategy.  Barack Obama commented, “there are no good options, only less horrible ones.”  What a mess we are in over there. 

Yesterday’s sermon (you can listen to the audio here starting Wednesday) spoke of the balance of good and evil in our world.  It is so easy to become frozen or apathetic because of an overwhelming sense of wrongs in the world.  Pastor Abbott said that Christians use the devil too often.  Mostly to weasel out of taking action and doing good, “the devil made me do it”.  He rarely preaches on the devil, asking why Christians choose to pay so much attention to him.

I often see well-intentioned people using the devil as a scapegoat to avoid their own responsibility to act.  We are overwhelmed by the ramifications of human sin, we are tired and schooled by the complexity of darkness.  So we engage in a philosophical/existential/esoteric tirade on the nature of evil, perhaps so we don’t have to get our hands dirty.

I am guilty of this myself.  Here’s to challening myself to act rather than theorize.  To do rather than blog about doing.  To carry out the work of Christmas, which is to act on behalf of the marginalized, oppressed, the orphaned and the widowed.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
           To find the lost,
           To heal the broken,
           To feed the hungry
           To release the prisoners,
           To rebuild the nations,
           To bring peace among people,
           To make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman

I sense my own hands need to be more dirtied by better understanding my visibility and “natural publicity” both within the LP community and in the “public eye” due to the show.  To live a life worthy of the transformative nature of the gospel, well really, of Jesus.  Sometimes, in my attempt to live in grace, to be free of rules and regulations, I avoid a call to responsibly steward justice and personal power.  Does that make sense?

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