[This post is dedicated to Scott Hill, my friend, brother, and co-laborer who is the Latin American Director of Operation Blessing. Check out all their cool work at their website HERE.]
It is very easy to be overwhelmed when we think about all the injustice and systemic ills that plague society around us…especially in Mexico. So, why do we fight against the brokenness in this world? What do we think we can realistically accomplish?
We do not fight because we think we can make a difference or because we think we can change things…we are simply too small, too weak, and too self-centered to break the systems of this world.
We DO NOT FIGHT because we think we can overcome the brokenness…
WE FIGHT because we believe brokenness has ALREADY BEEN overcome at the foot of the cross and that a new covenant has been birthed, is at work in our midst, and is seeking our participation!
When we fight for change we testify to this fact.
We testify that light has broken into our dark reality. It has made itself manifest and is coming. The old order is passing away and the new is being birthed.
When we fight we testify that one day, “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21:4)
When we fight we testify that, “creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed…that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage and decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19,21)
When we fight we testify along with our Lord saying, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)
When we fight we testify to our Savior saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
When we fight we testify that “our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, our Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they can be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
When we fight we testify along with Christ saying, “The time has come. The kingdom of God is at hand. Change your life and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
When we fight we seek to “bring all things in heaven and on earth together” (Ephesians 1:10) and pray along with our Lord and Savior “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
This is why we fight. This is why we cry. This is why we bleed.