Today our family went to see "The Kiterunner." It's a movie based in Afghanistan, and moves through the history from the Communist invasion to the rule of the Taliban. The most evil man in the city rules the Taliban, and he abuses children. I still can't shake how that makes me feel. How anyone can take a child's life and use it to fulfill personal pleasure literally makes me want to throw up.
I left the theatre wondering how God can stand it. I left wondering how he felt when Adam and Eve invited sin into the world. I left wondering how Missio Lux can help address such injustices and how we can make an impact into the unjust systems that prevail in most of the world.
It won't be easy, but it must be done. Jesus told us that we need to act justly and to love mercy. It's not enough to feel compassion, our compassion needs to lead us to acts of mercy and to develop systems of justice.
Next Saturday the Build Team for Missio Lux meets for the first time. The Build Team is the group that will help shape Missio Lux into what it is to become. I pray that God will give us wisdom and maturity to look beyond our own comfort into what truly will point us to Jesus' statement to the disciples, "And the world will know you are mine through your love."