Genuine Christian learning is only possible for committed disciples with a passion to live as Jesus wants them to live. Real theology, therefore, is lived theology, resulting from obedience and the constant exercise of faith. We don't set the terms of engagement: Jesus does. We're called to listen and act, and keep on listening and acting. We're invited to follow him even when we have only an inkling of where we're going.
Bradbury is a former chair of the Micah Challenge, a global voice for people living in poverty.
Creating, Healing LORD,
Where did this yearning come from?
The idealism. Is it naive?
That society would be just and fair.
That all babies would be healthy.
No more pain and tears.
No wearing out. No death.
It's our spiritual heritage:
…my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord… (from Isaiah 65:17-25)
Is this what we call our Christian hope?
Has it been planted within by the Holy Spirit?
...but is it realistic? Wishful thinking? It’s so against the grain. Actually, it's your guarantee, Lord Christ!
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (from Revelation 21:1-5)
Thanks be to God! For a spirit of hope. For the promise of yearnings fulfilled.
It demands engagement. It's a call to service. Give me a hard shove, Holy Spirit, to act on these ideals! Amen.