Monday, 4 June 2012

Things I hate.....

Guest Blog - by Ps. Michael Harrison

I am not going to get on my soapbox and talk to you about things that bother me.  That might be the fact that I dislike having to go to two different fast food places to get our kids what they want eat.  Or that I dislike when people throw their trash in the wrong place.

There are some other things that are heavier than just dislikes that I have come across lately that I hate.  Honestly, I believe that God has called me and our church to fight against injustice.

One afternoon last week I was visiting some people from our church when I met a young teen girl who had been raped by a 30 something year old man.  My emotions went from pretty calm and cool to angry and wanting to hurt someone.  The grandma I was talking to me told how this girl has been angry and mean toward others.  My heart aches for this girl and the pain she is going through and what will continue in her life.

I got a call a week or so ago from a friend who was helping a family that attends our church.  The story was about a young mother who was using her child to manipulate her mother, and this problem was impacting several other relationships, maybe even causing a divorce.  I was angry and still am.

A man recently got involved with our church, and his situation tugs at my heart.  He and his wife have been married for decades, and through the years his alcoholism has torn their relationship apart to the point that they are no longer together.  This situation frustrates me and pushes me to help something better happen.

Last Wednesday I met three new friends that are homeless.  Two of them are men who were taking shelter under a business’ awning during a rainstorm.  The other is a lady who is living in the woods near a shopping area in our community.  Their situations tug at me.  We need a homeless shelter here.  We need more help for hurting and homeless people.  My heart hurts for these people.

Jude 1:22-23 NLTAnd you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives 

Rescue those who cannot rescue themselves.

Show mercy.

Share His love.

All around us there is injustice.  There are people who have been hurt.  There are people who have never experienced the love and goodness of our God.  Our reaction, our actions and our acts of kindness may be the extension of God used to rescue someone from the injustice they are in.

Some things I hate don’t matter very much.  Other things I hate matter very much, and God has allowed me and you to do something about those.  One person at a time.  One situation at a time.  Do something about the things you hate because God hates them too.

Proverbs 31:9 (NLT) 
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. 

That says it all.....

Michael Harrison!/michaelharrison

Editor's Note:
Ps. Michael Harrison is a dear and cherished friend of mine. I am privileged and grateful to Michael for taking the time to write such an inspiring and gritty guest blog on the Justice Blog. Michael is a man for whom Matthew 25:40 and Micah 6:8 are cornerstones of his faith and life witness.

I am blessed and privileged to have seen the awesome work that Michael, his wonderful wife Julie and family, his leadership team, indeed the whole church and The Community Dream Center community live and breathe both Micah 6:8 and Matthew 25:40.

Michael is the Senior Pastor at the Community Fellowship Church in Collinsville, VA.

Michael is also the founder and one of the key visionaries behind The Community Dream Center in Collinsville, VA.

The Community Dream Center (TCDC) is a non-profit outreach dedicated to helping Martinsville / Henry County and surrounding areas. This ministry provides hope by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs.

TCDC strives to help solve moral decay, homelessness and poverty that exist in our nation. The vision of TCDC is to rebuild the dreams of broken people. A new life can be obtained through the efforts of our staff, volunteers, and rehabilitated individuals whose lives have dramatically changed.