There’s a rule in creative thinking—“If this is true, what else is true?” I learned it in improv. I have friends who live by it in their writing and other endeavors and projects. And as loathe as I am to do this, I have to substitute out the word “true” for “wrong” in this article, but I’ll get over it, because:
I have never been this excited to be wrong before. On Sunday, I talked about how if we’re going to participate in the Reign of Christ, if we’re going to “vote for Jesus” with our discipleship, we need to feed the world because that’s what Jesus did, does and wants us to do. Not just spiritually, but tangibly. I mentioned the story of an Idaho lunch lady who was fired for feeding a hungry kid, and said we should start the lunch lady revolution in Dallas, equipping folks who serve our kids to serve them whether or not they can pay.
Here’s why I’m so glad to be wrong: Dallas already offers free lunches. They have a summer program where any child or teenager (no ID required) can show up at pre-set locations and get lunch. For free. So, I was wrong—the world is not as selfish and bleak as I had assumed. Way to go, DISD. I’ll be researching our other metropolitan cities’ lunch policies this week and next. Surely, we can feed kids somewhere (in addition to where and how we already do).
A little bit of faith in this world is a good thing. Imagine what happens if we think it can, in fact, continue to be redeemed through the good news of Jesus Christ, little by little. Imagine the possibilities of change and justice in this world if we work in this world the way God works in it—pushing boundaries, expanding the circle, responding to the loud No of the status quo with the impenetrable and unstoppable Yes of the resurrection begun in Jesus Christ.
This Sunday, our next platform plank in Vote for Jesus 2016 is “Strong Foreign Policy.” Did you know God has a strong view on foreigners, immigration and laborers? Can you guess where we might be going on Sunday? I look forward to seeing you then.
Building a bigger table, not a higher wall (and shalom y’all!),