Life has been crazy, and updating my blog has been the last thing on my mind. I married my wonderful wife, Caitlyn, January 14, and have been getting settled into our new life. But now I’m back, hard at work, to the blogging life.
God continues to surprise me. He uses the most unlikely people and the most unlikely situations to move his kingdom along. This is evident on the streets. Some of the best evangelists lead lives of insignificance. The American dream isn’t to be homeless, to work a dead-end job your entire life, to be a hitman in a local gang, to be a labeled as a felon for life, or to be sold into prostitution at a young age. These are broken dreams. But these are the people that God is speaking through, these are the people that God is redeeming the world through, these are the people that the church should be seeking to fill pews and pulpits. For it is only in these broken dreams that the dream of undeserved grace can be fully realized. It is only through the insignificant that God can be glorified. God incarnate looks like a homeless person who left his job to bum off people to talk, sometimes incoherently, about the unjust system and the glory of God. Society looks at these people with contempt, with blame, with the label of laziness. But these are the people that are doing the real work.
Total vulnerability and dependence on God and humanity produce fruit that the kingdom can actually eat. Poverty is an opportunity for humanity to grow closer to the nature of God, through experiencing its pain, persevering through its trouble, and by fighting against its terany, not for the sake of material gain, but for the principle of equality. An incredible fruit of discipling street people is that they turn the kingdom investment into gains before they leave the building. They can’t stop talking about the gospel. How could they? In their vulnerability, the gospel is the hope of a better reality, a better future, a better humanity. One where poverty isn’t caused by oppression but by the lack of the presence of God. The gospel reclaims identity in redefining what being poor is. Being poor is being without God, it is creating material poverty, it is living without vulnerability, without dependence, without love for humanity and its potential.
God continues to surprise me. My role here is to inspire others to reclaim that identity, to realize the kingdom today, to hope in humanity’s potential. But the true preachers, pastors, worship leaders, and evangelists are the people who receive the Hope. They take it to the streets, to the camps, to the jobs. They do the work that I could never do. God is changing the world through the insignificant.