While I agree with all of the points that he made in this portion of his speech, I wish that he had said more. I wish that the president had gone on to say:
- Our journey is not complete until Gitmo is shut down as I promised 4 years ago
- Our journey is not complete until sending prisoners to other countries to be tortured is a thing of the past; and secret prisons are truly and demonstratively gone
- Our journey is not complete until we not only make sure that the dangerously mentally ill are barred from getting fireams, but they are also provided with the mental health care that they need
- Our journey is not complete until the homeless (like the ones that Broadneck provided shelter to last week) have adequate health care available to them
Obviously Jesus lived out a great deal of this in His lifetime. And, He directed us to pray, Thy kingdom come and Th will be done on earth as it is in heaven." If Jesus is the clearest picture of what God is like, then these things....freedom for the captive, recovery of sight to the blind, good news to the oppressed, etc.....are God's desire for our world now. They are part of that "Thy will be done on earth" stuff. It isn't a case of "one day all this will be taken care of in heaven, but right now let's just be religous"....it's "one earth as it is in heaven." And if we are truly the Body of Christ, then these are the things we're supposed to be concerned about as well.
Being friends with Jesus, following Him, means letting the things that were important to Him be important to us as well. That's hard. The disciples found it hard to wrap their heads around (Mark's gospel makes this abundantly clear); and we (okay...I) find it hard as well.
But times like last week's Winter Relief at Broadneck Baptist bring home to me home much of a flesh and blood, here and now, call this is. My work with offenders reminds me how hard this task is. My personal difficulties in reaching out to certain people make me acutely aware of how much change we are called to make within ourselves.
Our journey....yours and mine....is not complete until these things are accomplished or the Kingdom comes while we're trying.