Divine Discomfort

There’s a line in a song by Mumford and Son that goes “If only my enemy were greater than my apathy, I might have won.”  That line has stuck with me as I think about the violence, injustice, poverty, hopelessness, and despair in the world.  How great must apathy be to overshadow such things?  And I think about how in Matthew 25 Jesus separates the goats from the sheep, not because of what they’ve done, but what they’ve failed to do to the “least of these.”  In failing to address the needs of the “least,” they have ignored the needs of Christ.  If violence, injustice, poverty, etc. are the “enemy,” will they be victorious by the apathy of Christ’s disciples?  It’s “divine discomfort,” I believe, that stirs up these thoughts.  Faced with this discomfort, we can either avert our eyes and withdraw deeper into our comfortable places, or we can be like the prophet Isaiah standing in the presence of God, who said, “Here am I.  Send me.”  What will be our response? I often wonder how different the world would look if all Christians looked more like Christ.  How would my world be different if I looked more like Christ…

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