There are a lot of troubling things going on in the news today: a boat of women and children capsizes while fleeing from Myanmar, tensions between the United States and North Korea are escalating, Mexico City is in ruins after an earthquake, a Guatemalan mudslide kills several people, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico is without of power and in desperate need of water and supplies, and the president is feuding with NFL football players over kneeling during the anthem and the whole country is choosing sides, though we can’t agree exactly what we are all fighting about.
While all of this is going on around us, I can’t stop thinking of my sermon text for this Sunday. In Philippians 2:1-11, Paul writes, “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” What would Jesus think the tragic news we are hearing from home and all around the world? What would Jesus think of me and how I am responding to all of this today?
What if before we formed opinions (or came to a snap judgement) about the state of the world we asked for the mind of Christ? Do we trust that he will send the Holy Spirit so that we may think like Christ and act like Christ? In this world of filled with tragedy we are called to transformation so that the everyone experiences Christ in and through us.
In Gracia Grindal’s poem “The Joyful Exchange” she describes beautifully how we are to take on the mind of Christ.
Lord, strip my righteousness away
and dress me in your grace,
for I cannot endure my pride
while looking at your face.
For when I look upon your face,
I feel unclothed and bare.
I know that I am dressed in rags
and need a robe to wear.
The shining robe I need to wear
to stand before your throne
is woven from the seamless love
that took me as your own.
In death you too me as your own;
your rising set me free,
when you gave up your righteousness
to dress and cover me.
May this poem become our prayer as we approach this broken world today.
See you Sunday!