|U.S. Capitol Building|
"The world is now one big neighborhood. There are no longer any hermit nations. National isolation is no longer possible in the earth. The markets of the world instantly register every commercial change. An earthquake in Asia is at once registered in Washington City. The people on one side of the world may not dare to be indifferent to the people on the other side. Every man of us is called to be a world citizen, and to think and act in world terms." Those words, delivered by George W. Truett in an address made almost 100 years ago from the East Steps of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC are as relevant today as they were in 1920. We are world citizens and neighbors. For those of us who are citizens of democracies where we have the freedom to speak truth to power, such as in the United States of America, it is our Christian responsibility to be engaged in the political process in order to ensure that fairness and justice guide the laws and law-makers of our land.
|Fairfax Baptist Church, VA|
When Christians generally but Baptists specifically, motivated by the transformative power of God's love for all, live up to our own heritage then we truly are co-laborers with God in creating a better world for all who bear the Image of God. In a world-wide neighborhood, filled with other bearers of the Image, "No Go Zones" do not exist. There is no place where God's love cannot reach. When a nation's laws, extremists' hate, or a church's indifference lead us to wonder if there is any word of hope we have to offer, we need to remember the One who sends us out with a good word of love and justice and hope has promised to go before us and to be with us as we go.