We find ourselves living in trying times. The threat of a deadly virus still lingers. The livelihood of so many has been devastated because of extended and necessary shelter in place orders. And, a vast division is raging across this country because of injustice that has inevitably boiled over.
It is undeniable that change must take place, and the church cannot stand idly by. The ultimate charge to those who follow Christ is to love our neighbor as ourselves. The membership of Metairie Ridge has begun the necessary conversation on how we, as a community of God’s faithful, can act in our current environment. As one of our members reminded me this past Sunday, we must do something. Talking about it is not enough. Our discussions are essential, but they need to serve as fuel for our work in the community.
Each of you has a role as we move forward together with our neighbors into a just society. I pray that God’s Holy Spirit guides our community, and reveals how we might use our unique, God-given gifts, to better this world.
So, it is with this call on our hearts and minds, that we must move steadfastly ahead and do all we can to create a change in ourselves and our loving community of God’s people.
I will do everything I can to help, and I welcome any ideas you might have to support this change.
“He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” - Matthew 22:37-38 New Revised Standard Version