I didn't ask to be born in 1977 in America, in a conservative, middle class, stable family. It was a stroke of luck; a gift from God. It is my responsibility as an adult to use that privilege for good.
Continuously, I am overwhelmed by the struggles of people. I watch women in Iran marching on the streets for their rights (and being beaten, or shot and killed in some cases). I think of the mothers who, not so many years ago, died in childbirth before great maternity care. I think of the mothers around the world who struggle to give their families food, and my greatest struggle is whether or not to spend the money to build a deck on my already-pleasant home. I am humbled.
I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ, in addition to being the savior, was an empathetic, amazing man. He taught love and kindness to all. He preached that we should take care of our neighbors, to feed and clothe our brothers. (Read Matthew 25:31-46). I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian, and it is our responsiblity to take care of others.
In a present tense scenario, I think we should support our goverment in the quest to provide health insurance for all. There is no perfect plan; we are not perfect people. But when I think of the children, the parents, the elderly, the poor...struggling, dying without proper health care in the United States of America in 2009, I am reminded that Jesus asked us to give. Not to clutch our wealth to ourselves, but to give cheerfully. Treat all of humanity with love. (Read Romans 12)
I spend hours and hours thinking on current events. In spite of my busy life, I find myself feeling passionate about these things. I am challenged by those who think I cannot be "Christian" and "Liberal." I have been working through this in my head for many days now, and I think that if Liberal is what Webster says "a political philosophy based on the belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties" then, yes, I am Liberal. And now, in this babbling blog entry, I have peace with that.
I'd love your input. How does service factor into your life? How does the word of God speak to you and how you define service? I know that I am far less than perfect, but I also know that God made me to be exactly who I am and I continue to seek His guidance as I seek answers. May we all love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 36:39)