Posted by: amylamb | February 22, 2013

No Debt Outstanding

The transformation of a society is not a far-fetched proposition. In fact, it can occur with the adoption of one simple truth:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).

Therein lies the key to a healthy society: citizens who bear one another’s burdens.

Followers of Christ, hear me clearly: we must lead the way. Bearing the weight of a nation’s depravity is not the government’s job, but Christ’s (and therefore, the church’s). Our role in society is not necessarily to abide by a list of things we should not do, but to carry the burdens of those alongside us.

Reciprocity is key. When everyone looks to the interests of others, no need remains unmet. If we are faithful to offer the little that we have, Christ is faithful with the rest.

We must shift our focus from the policies and procedures of our religious life and choose to carry the weight of each other’s suffering. We are told to rejoice in our suffering, not for the hardship itself but for the presence of Christ therein. When we share in the suffering of others, the load of hardship is divided and the joys found in the presence of Christ are multiplied.

It seems too simple, but we must not forget that the sacred is found in the simple.


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