Archive for month: September, 2020
We consider ourselves a nation of the upwardly mobile and the one who is able, gifted, ambitious, and has the right connections can be upwardly mobile; yet, we know that not everyone can be upwardly mobile in a social and/or financial sense. Different events and situations can lead to “downward mobility,” and perhaps society overlooks and neglects the downwardly mobile who remind us of the vulnerabilities in our society. Perhaps you think being a Christian and upwardly mobility go together; yet, the example of Jesus Christ is not one of upward mobility. It is one of downward mobility (Philippians 2:5-8). God the Son became human and lived among us, and we crucified him.
God has given each of us freedom, gifts, talents, and positions, and the question for us as Christians is this: What do we do with our freedom, gifts, talents, and position? Do we use them to secure our own upward mobility or to create a loving, nurturing community (Philippians 2:1-5). May we use our freedom, gifts, talents, and positions for the common good and building a community that values each and every person because we all are created in the image of God.
Let us pray that we answer God’s call with love and faithfulness: Loving Father, you do not want sinners to die, but to turn away from sin and to do what is right, so that they may live. Keep forgiving us, give us the attitude of Jesus, and lead us by the Holy Spirit to be merciful with others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.