What is the future of the LCA?
It involves turning suffering around, by doing something different than what we are doing now. It’s about improvement. It’s about moving forward. There is nothing divine about being frozen in time, in ice. There is nothing necessarily holy about our structures at any given time. Not the length of the working day, not the way people are used, not embedded racism, not the lack of suffrage for women – these were all institutional issues in Australia that have changed over time.
Jesus engaged with society, he turned it around and upside down. Things would not be the same once people encountered Jesus.
Jesus continues to come to us today, to turn our lives around, in our Church. Not just to create a powerful, prayerful, personal piety, but also to turn the system upside down, to bring about justice – even to create a system that works out of compassion and brings about justice.
Of course, Jesus was never a politician or another power-wielding character. That work has been left to us. We are “to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8)
How might we act justly, when the structures around us breathe injustice? One person can’t tell another what they must do, but action is the key. Whatever happens, action is needed. We need to take charge in some way.
Turning around injustice usually involves changing power structures, and is usually met with resistance from those whose interest is served by maintaining those power structures, even from within the Church. We’re going to need support.
Whatever the issue, there are people who need our support, there is a stand that we might take.
How might we serve those who are suffering in our circles? Who might we ask to help us plan our action? How might we change the face of the LCA by turning suffering around?