2017 is rapidly approaching.
Like everyone else, I use this time of year to appreciate where I am and set new goals for where I want to be in the coming year. I know it sounds totally cliche but it is important to be self aware and access (and accept) where you are, celebrate how far you have come, and set new goals about where you would like to be.
One of my (many) goals for 2017 is to help a movement be birthed… a movement of Tuesday Christianity.
Tuesday Christianity is a term I use to describe people that show up (even on Tuesdays), that care, that give time, energy, food, finances, whatever is needed; people that walk the walk. Tuesday Christianity is a movement of people that DO the stuff. The people that are TIRED of hearing about the best ways to do the stuff and just started DOING it, even on Tuesday; even when no one is watching; even if no one told them it needed to be done.
Everyday I am bothered by the needs in my own community, let alone in this world. It seems overwhelming when you open your heart up to see what is happening in your own neighborhood. I intentionally ask God to show me the hurting, the hungry, the oppressed, so that I can DO something. Even though I know that there will always be someone hurting, hungry, and oppressed. I can still help the one in front of me. I feel like as a whole Christians have gotten tired of being a part of “changing the world” type programs that have not really changed much and have gotten disillusioned and just gave up. The problems are not that the programs were bad. The programs were invented to get people to DO something. The problem is that the programs got you to do something because you bought into the worlds idea of changing the world instead of what it looks like to change the world in the Kingdom Of God.
Let me explain.
Changing the world from the worlds perspective.
From this perspective we buy into the idea that we can change the world by conquering whatever social justice platform is in front of us. This idea that together we can wipe out world hunger, homelessness, or insert any social justice initiative here is not realistic and because of this people get disappointed and disillusioned and just give up. I am not saying that these programs can not make lasting changes they can (and do) but I am talking about the danger of selling the idea that we can wipe out poverty, or any other thing on a grand scale and losing (or missing) the entire point. (I will discuss the point in the next paragraph). The idea sells because we all have a deep desire to be a part of something bigger then ourselves. We truly want to change the world and that desire is God birthed. But the world has taken that desire and perverted it for it’s own gain.
Changing the world from the Kingdoms perspective.
From this perspective it is all about heart connection. Like everything else in the Kingdom of God its about relationship. I can change the world everyday by connecting with the people that God puts in front of me and meeting their needs (physically, emotionally, and spiritually). It is about intentionally living your life everyday to see the people you come in contact with and asking yourself, “how can I make their life better?” It also means meeting the needs of those in front of you and believe me there are people with needs in front of you. But you have to intentionally look to see people that are hurting and in need. I think as a whole, Americans have become too busy to see what is in front of them. We have become so distracted that we can’t see the people God is putting in our path to help. Changing the world from a Kingdom perspective also means actively pursuing Biblical principals like caring for the needy (see Philippians 2:4, Proverbs 21:13, Galatians 2:10, James 1:27, Matthew 25:40, Proverbs 31:8-9, Isaiah 1:17, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 25:4, Zechariah 7:8-10, 1 John 3:17, Luke 14:14). I believe that if everyone that claims Christianity as their religion, would begin to live their lives as a “Tuesday Christian” everyone needs would be met. It is the way of the Kingdom. It is the only way we can live out that desire that God has placed within us to change the world.
The programs were created because people became Sunday Christians looking for their church to DO the stuff and only participating when it is convenient.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We can change the world.
Real change begins with you.
It begins with me.
I am proud to be a Tuesday Christian. I will do my part. I intentionally look for needs that I can fill not just Sunday but everyday. I will allow my life to be interrupted by new relationships. I will actively seek out ways to live out Biblical Christian principals.
Will you join the movement with me?