I was just reading and thinking about some questions we need to ask ourselves as we look to be the church for our community:
- What would Jesus do about homelessness?
- What would He do about people working below a living wage level?
- What would He do about the epidemic of personal debt?
- What would Jesus do about alcoholism, addiction, and other self-destructive lifestyles? More importantly, who would He be for those dealing with those issues?
- How would He strengthen families and single-parent households?
- How would Jesus promote safe drinking water, adequate housing and food, healthcare and the like?
- What would He do about unwanted children, the sick, and neglected elderly?
- What would Jesus do to bring beauty to our streets, to our community, to public parks, to our environment?
- What would He do in the education of our children and adults?
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of questions, but it is a starting point to begin to try to imagine how we can be the church for our community. Every Sunday morning when we pray the Lord’s Prayer together, we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When we pray these words, we are asking for the practical expression of God’s reign right here in our community. What would God’s reign look like right here in Dunbar? These are the questions that can invite us to go from imagining a vague concept to imagining a reality, and from imagining a reality to participating in the reality that God is calling us to.