Our sins are not always the things we do. Sometimes they are the things we fail to do. Our sins are not always personal; sometimes they are communal or corporate.
About once a month we have a homeless person come to church on Sunday. Sometimes it is some other individual who is noticeable because they are different from the regular worshiper. As the people of God we are called to love all people and as a whole we really do well at this. But not always. Some days we are only as loving or good or welcoming as our weakest or lowest part. So it is our task as fellow believers to notice these weaker parts and to build them up in love for all people. We cannot and should not accept less.
As a society there are ills and things that are not ‘right’ in all of our communities. These are things that certainly cause a tear to roll down God’s cheek. As the people of God we are called to address the issues in our communities. This does not mean simply jumping on the latest Facebook bandwagon and adding your ‘like’. It means being on the streets and in the shelters and in the jails. It means going to the places where the least, the lost, and the broken are and entering into relationships with them.
To truly be the people of God and to really love all of our neighbors, we must roll up our sleeves and get a little dirty. We must truly walk alongside those in need to begin to see things at a systemic level. It is at this level that we must begin change. To end prejudice, injustice, and hate we must begin with fixing the systems that cause these evils. As Christians we must engage the evils of the world. We are called to be the light in the darkness. Our light needs to shine into these dark places to begin real change at the base level.
Scripture reference: Psalm 51: 1-12