Are you the one?

November 7, 2012 in Featured Question of the Week, Question of the Week, What should we be doing differently about hunger issues in our community? by Richard Rieves

What should we – individually and collectively – be doing differently about hunger issues in our community?

John the Baptist sent a contingency to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus responded, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” To have hungry people in a city with over 3000 Christian churches is a not so subtle sign, not that the government has failed, but that the church has failed. The very fruit of God’s saving work in the lives of His children is that we stop, heal, feed, love. On the last day, Jesus will not analyze our theological precision, but whether or not we disrupted our lives, as he did his, to visit the prisoner, feed the sick, and clothe the naked. These are signs not of a life that earns his grace, but understands and grasps his grace.