NO FEAR IN 2016!
Unfortunately I know this to not always be the case.
Far too many of our brothers and sisters in the Faith are cold, wet, wore down, and quite literally starving. Geopolitical conflict leaves much of the Body of Christ, the Church, wounded and bleeding. And our neighbors? We receive this terrible news in small sterilized chunks on the news feeds that leave us with an unclear, fragmented understanding of the very real situation. Rather than being able to realize the truth that will set them and ourselves free, we are left with an uneasy, nebulous feeling of anxiety that can only crystallize into abject and irrational fear. And thus, the "war on terror" is born. It strikes a very primal chord of "the fear of the unknown". Not unknowns that are unknowable, but of unknowns that are made of disinformation and ignorance. The war on terror is really a war on our deepest fears. So we cite those who we understand the least: People of color, in foreign lands with different cultures, religions, and histories we know little, if anything about.
Have you ever stopped to realize that these aren't any more the insanely violent psychopaths they are portrayed to be than those here in the west who promote the death penalty and a highly militarized and violent nationalism in the name of "God and Country"? And why is it we never really get around to understanding exactly why their hateful message resonates so strongly with these young people who are so easily recruited, on both sides?
It's probably much more akin to the sentiments that are felt by those who join our own military in their youth to fight as "Christian soldiers" to protect the status quo of "One Nation Under God" than we are comfortable admitting.
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
At the Station...
We see the work the Lord has placed before us for the coming year, and we are excited! As BRS Christine Mutiso, the Director of Operations at NJIA - the YOKE Movement's operations in Central Africa says, "We are ready for exploits!" Join us in 2016, as we continue on this wonderful journey He has sent us out on.