Dan King is a writer, an “unlikely missionary” and a man with one of the most genuine hearts. He follows hard after the heart of God. And it’s an honor to have him writing here today — the day of his book launch. In honor of his new book, Activist Faith, Dan is giving away two copies today. Leave a comment in the box for a chance to win.
It’s the same routine… every. single. Sunday.
We rush through the morning drills so we can get out the door on time. I drive faster than a Christian probably should, as most of the family finishes their breakfast in the car. When we arrive, we hastily move through the greetings with everyone so we can get the kids checked into kid’s church before the services begin.
I struggle to settle in as we join in the chorus of worship, trying to leave my rushed pace and the worries of the (new) day behind. Then as the pastor begins to share the Word, I go back and forth between thinking about how to apply the Message to my life, and how to keep myself awake after staying up way too late the night before.
As the service comes to a close, we linger to talk with friends who offer smiles and pleasantries. Then it’s off to lunch, and home for naps.
Don’t get me wrong, church is a beautiful place to be. It’s often where many of us find the opportunity to connect with God and His people. Beautiful prayers and acts of worship are offered up to our King as we gather in these places. The sharing of Communion and the life-changing Word are central to these gatherings of the saints.
But, I’ve often wondered if this is where we go to meet God. Is this the Holy Ground that we should be seeking. We rightly treat church as a sacred place where we can congregate and meet with God. But is it the only place?
I want to be with God. I want to be with Him more than anything else in the world. And I figure there are two ways I can find Him. First, I know we can always ask for Him to come into our presence. We can always call on the Name of the Lord, and He’ll be there. It’s refreshing to know that I can count on Him coming to me when I ask. At the same time, what kind of friend only asks for others to come to them?
So the other way to be with the Lord is to go where He is. This realization has led me to look for where He is already at, and go there.
The Bible is very clear on where we can find God. He is with the broken-hearted (Psalms 34:18), the orphans and widows (Psalms 68:5), the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, and imprisoned (Matthew 25:37-40).
If I want to find where God is already hanging out, then I only need to find these people.
It makes perfect sense, if you ask me. God is all about bringing healing to the sick, restoration to the broken, and hope to the hopeless.
The times I find myself closest to God are when I seek out these people, and being a physical manifestation of God’s Love in their lives.
I experience God in the Thanksgiving Outreach while handing out turkeys and boxes of food to families in our community who can’t afford this special feast otherwise. I experience God when I put my arm around the homeless man after handing him a love bag and listening to his story. I experience God when I hug the child left orphaned after an earthquake killed most of his family.
This is why I believe Christian activism is so important. It’s not about doing things to please God. It’s finding Him where He’s already at, and joining Him so we can experience Him in ways that we couldn’t simply by going to church each week and inviting Him into my presence.
Have you ever experienced God while serving “the least of these”? Have you found Him in non-sacred places, and discovered that those places are actually more sacred than you ever imagined?
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Activist Faith is an invitation to live out our faith, to be grace in action. Jen Hatmaker calls this book “one of those amazing resources that educate people on the issues and equips them to make a difference. A must-read!”
About Activist Faith: “The Bible doesn’t call us to like or tweet about or even vote on human need and social problems. It calls us to act–to feed the hungry, visit prisoners, care for orphans, and bring good news to the poor. Join the co-founders of the dynamic Activist Faith movement as they share biblical contexts, personal stories, and practical guidance for engaging twelve divisive social issues. Written for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and even those who despise religion yet love Jesus, Activist Faith will guide you toward speaking–and living–the truth in love.”