Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
By the time you read this, 2013 will be part of our past. We will have flipped the page on the calendar to a brand-new year: 2014. Oh, how we wish it were that easy to flip a switch and be presented with a brand-new world.
Unfortunately, much of the brokenness of 2013 will be carried forward to 2014:
- we still seem to be void of the commitment to use our privilege as the world’s wealthiest nation to nurture others in developing their own wealth;
- we still seem to place our security in possessing the world’s most powerful military, which seems mainly to kill our young men and women; exterminate thousands of innocents in other lands; and condemn tens of thousands to live in the squalor of refugee camps.
- we still seem to condone the world’s greatest democracy, supposedly dedicated to “OF the people, and FOR the people,” to be consumed by partisan squabbling, selfishness, turf protection, and arrogance.
Perhaps it is past time we stop making empty New Year’s resolutions about weight, exercise and chocolate. Perhaps there is no better time than this very moment to make deep and personal commitments to live by values dedicated to:
- offering others the same grace God Almighty offers us;
- working for ANYONE who is denied justice anywhere;
- seeing everyone whom we encounter as a child of God.
Only in this way will we do our part to help 2014 be a significant step toward God’s Peaceable Kingdom.