COMMENTARY: God’s Plan to Heal the World: “He Made You”

It’s almost impossible to find a responsible adult who is happy with the moral state of the world. And it’s even harder if you are attentive to the daily news. In addition to the reports of natural disasters and spreading disease, reports of the shortcomings of prominent people whose behavior attracts  the media is distressing

As Lily Tomlin said, “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t keep up.”

Our economy has been shattered by widespread corporate fraud; kids lie, steal, and cheat at unprecedented rates; and their parents beat up each other or referees at youth sports events or supply alcohol to fuel organized hazing. Our confidence in the integrity of journalistic institutions, the accounting profession, stockbrokers, college sports, organized religion, and business in general is continually shaken by a relentless barrage of shameful behavior.

It’s tempting to throw up our hands in despair and surrender to cynicism.

It reminds me of the tale of the pious young man whose car broke down on his way to his place of worship. He had to walk through an area where homeless people huddled against buildings for warmth, alcoholics and mentally ill adults wandered the streets, and crack dealers sold drugs to kids. He was overcome with a sense of despondency and doubt about the power and intentions of God.

“God,” he prayed, “how can you allow all this pain and misery and do nothing?” Receiving no answer, he became frustrated and raised his voice, “Lord, my faith is at issue! How can you allow all this suffering and do nothing?”

Then someone behind him whispered, “He didn’t do nothing. He made you.”

What a profound insight and daunting responsibility it is to realize that you are the instrument of reform, that your courage, compassion, and creativity in your own sphere of influence can set into motion a ripple effect of healing actions and attitudes to make a better world.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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  1. I am actively involved in a Prison Crusade in Mexico. We are trying to change and improve the attitudes and, consequently, the behavior of all the members of the prison communities. Please share with me your observations, recommendations and suggestions about how to do an even better job for the common good. Rest assured that I will most certainly appreciate them.

    Yours in Our Worthy Prison Crusade in and throughout Mexico,

    Patrick E. Devlyn

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      This is just too big a question to give a meaningful reply off the top of my head. I hope many of the things I’ve already written will be of help.

      1. Patrick, Just you being there ministering to those prisoners is significant. People are in prison because they have made poor choices. They made poor choices because they are chasing lies someone told them about themselves or about the world. Share with them the truth. That happiness doesn’t come from a short term fix. Love doesn’t come with conditions put on it. Hope is not found in what one can see or feel. Love them the way Jesus loved, not judging, but speaking truth without sugarcoating it. Teach them to forgive…themselves as well as those who have done them wrong. Let them know that they don’t have to “fix their problem” or become “good enough” to be loved. Tell them they don’t need religion either, but a relationship. Just tell them about Jesus. The true Jesus, and not the Jesus that has evolved to such an extent in the church that He is almost unrecognizable. But tell them about the Jesus that loved them first and loves them now. He loved them enough to suffer and die for them taking ALL their sin upon Him to the grave. Then He said, “It is finished”. Teach them to do things for each other and expect nothing in return. Challenge them to dare to reach for something bigger than themselves that they have to depend on God’s help. Let them know that it WILL cost them something, but the rewards far outweigh the cost. The wages of sin is death, but a life in Christ is life everlasting. So basically be Jesus to them. The Jesus of the Bible. Not the watered down version. There is power in just the name alone. Call on Him and ask for wisdom and guidance as you share life with these inmates. I will be praying for you and expecting God to work great thing through you. Bless you for accepting this ministry and for sharing the gospel with the lost, forgotten and broken. Hope has found them.

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