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How to Fight for the Kingdom of God

Jesus knows our lives. Even when He walked among us, Jesus could see into 2013. He could see how bad the world would become. He could see how comfortable with sin our world would be. Sin is becoming just another part of life, and the prevailing attitude seems to be, “Hey, to each his own.” Jesus looks at this, and He says, “Man! The world needs a lot of forgiveness!

Jesus knows that believers walking the earth today need a lot of hope and encouragement. And we need a lot of His wisdom!

We need wisdom even when we do something really obvious for His Kingdom, like fighting human trafficking. There are tons of groups out there fighting human trafficking. Tons of them! But Dave Batstone of Not For Sale has an approach that really speaks to me. Dave uses a lot of wisdom. Not only is he fighting human trafficking, but he’s using entrepreneurship to combat human trafficking. He’s creating opportunities in work and in life for former victims, and saving potential victims from falling into trafficking networks.

People involved in fighting trafficking face a big question. Once you rescue slaves from traffickers, what are your next steps? Once you rescue children, what are you going to do? Do you have homes for them? Do you have jobs for them? Can you help them support themselves and their families? Can you help them rehabilitate, laugh again, thrive?

Too often, people don’t have an answer for that. All they can say is, “I don’t know! I just know I’m supposed to rescue them.” Well, yes you are, but it doesn’t make sense to do that without a plan. You need a strategy! You need goals and tactics! You need to take care that you don’t add to the harm already done to them.

We should have already learned this lesson. Remember when we used to pick a poor country and go down as a church? We’d say, “Oh, we’ll build this poor village a church. We’ll build them this, that, and the other. We’ll build them some homes!” And we did. And then we just left. So what happened? We built homes, churches, schools, clinics, and community centers. We built buildings for them, buildings they needed, but they had no way to take care of them. They had no money and they had no supplies. So after about three or four years, the buildings crumbled. In the end, the people we went to serve didn’t have buildings anymore. They had rubble. All we did was trash their village!

We threw ourselves into “helping” when we didn’t have a goal or a purpose. We had no strategy. We didn’t understand why we were doing something to help. We had no wisdom. Our thoughts ran no deeper than, “Oh, this is charity.” So we did the wrong things. And that’s why there are a lot of people now saying that charity is hurting people!

The Book of Proverbs speaks all the time about Lady Wisdom. Lady Wisdom says, “Do not deny me. Because if you deny me, the road you go down will lead to death.” And so I’ve been asking God lately to give me wisdom. There are so many things going on in the world today that don’t look right to me, even though people are saying it’s okay. I need wisdom to know how to handle it. I need wisdom to speak into people’s lives. Wisdom will show us how to fight for the Kingdom of God.

See you Thursday.

4 thoughts on “How to Fight for the Kingdom of God

  1. We as Christians, much less Americans don’t understand that the indigenous peoples have to have functioning infrastructure, government and money to keep things going. Unfortunately we never address the underlying problems and for that matter most don’t want to.

  2. The repeat of going to the same area in Mexico and building homes, schools, churches, etc and going back each year to minister to the same people, while building more is an important part of showing Jesus to an area. My kids’ school has gone to the same area for the last 20 years and ministered to the same people, therefore NOT leaving them without resources or support.
    Showing our kids HOW to minister and equip the locals is a big part of this endeavor.

    Keep up the good work and heal well!

  3. Amen brother! There is a book by a young theologian named Andrew Root called Unlocking Mission and Eschatology for Youth Ministry. It talks about this wisdom issue and how we don’t THINK enough about why we are doing what we’re doing. As Christians we need to reflect Gods love using our heads, hearts an hands. Thanks for your wisdom. Reading what other Christians are doing and thinking helps me to keep moving forward in my own ministry!

  4. Yes and yes! I feel very passionately about this topic. One needs to have a long-term, holistic approach to any sort of social justice. Have you read the book “When Helping Hurts” by Fikkert and Corbett?

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