by Wayne Schwab
I believe that our primary purpose in creation is to build a more loving and just world. And we are well on our way. Humankind has come a long way toward living in more loving and just ways – away from tribal chiefs, child sacrifice, and treating illness with spells and toward more democratic governments, more responsible care for the planet, and more effective health care by doctors and their helpers. We still have a long way to go in coping with climate change, in getting wealth out of politics, and in ending spouse and child abuse.
To continue on this trajectory, we need more members on mission who put themselves to work, making the world a more loving and just place, day in and day out wherever they are. We need people for whom love does not give way to “me-first,” and justice does not give way to “our-crowd-first” mentalities.
Working for love and justice requires committed long-distance runners. Long-distance runners need stamina and conviction. With God’s help at every step, members on mission are able to run the distance.
The world needs as many members on mission as it can get. For leaders, both clergy and lay, this is the challenge: To connect with and support all church members as partners in God’s mission to make the world more loving and more just – for us, for future generations, and for our planet – all with God’s help.