I mean, seriously, where does he get off saying some of the things he says?
Check out Luke 6:20-23:
20Looking at his disciples, he said:
"Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
23"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
There's a part of me that wants to challenge Jesus in this. The poor, the hungry, the sorrowful, the hated: they aren't the blessed. The ones who are blessed are the wealthy, the well fed, the happy, and the loved. Isn't that what it means to be blessed?
Somewhere along the way, we got our understand of what it means to blessed a little off kilter. The easy life is not the blessed life. The blessed life is the life where God takes care of you and is involved in your life.
We struggle to see this.
Our hope, as we serve in DC, is that God would help us to see how The System is broken. We're not going to fix The System this week. We probably won't make even a dent in the massive amounts of brokenness created by The System. But the brokenness of The System might become real to us in a new, more helpful way.
I imagine what will happen if the broken system receives a face, connects as a real story...
--- political solutions will seem too impersonal
--- change will seem impossible without God
--- we'll pray, talk, and serve a little bit differently.
But before we can do anything, we first have to see.