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The change we really need cannot be accomplished by charismatic politicians.

27 January 2010

We have in this country a President who was elected on a platform of hope and change, but maybe by looking to politicians for the change we need, we’re looking in the wrong place.

Here is a list, compiled by Saint Paul and sent to the Christians in Rome as a daily rule of life for every follower of Christ to consider, then and now:

Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them.

Hate what is wrong; stand on the side of good.

Love each other with genuine affection. Take delight in honoring each other.

Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord with enthusiasm.

Be glad for all God is planning for you.

Be patient in trouble.

Be prayerful always.

When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them.

If people persecute you because of your faith, don’t curse them. Pray that God will bless them.

When others are happy, be happy with them.

If they are sad, share their sorrow.

Live in harmony with each other.

Don’t try to act important but enjoy the company of ordinary people.

Don’t think you know it all.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.

Do things in such a way that every one can see you are honorable.

Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.

Never avenge yourselves.

Don’t let evil get the best of you; conquer evil by doing good.

That’s quite a list! Lot’s there to learn; to remember; to aim for and to live out. Can you imagine a community where this is lived out, day-by-day? Where people truly look for the best in others, put others first, taking delight in serving one another, believing in one another, forgiving one another, refusing to give up on anyone, looking for ways to help those who simply cannot help themselves? Can you imagine a Community that says “Christ, you are welcome here in our lives, in our homes, in our neighborhood, in our workplaces. Make yourself at home in our hearts.”

 Wouldn’t you like to live in such a community?  It can happen. But if it does happen it won’t be because of charismatic politicians or ideologies.  Communities are changed when people are changed, not the other way around. And people can be changed.

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