circle of protection

This Lent, I chose to participate in World Vision’s Relentless Act:s of sacrifice campaign.  As a protestant, I have occasionally participated in Lent because frankly, everything in my life revolves around me, my comfort and my goals.  Lent is a time to sacrifice a creature comfort for the sake of refocusing attention on what I choose to fill my life with rather than Jesus.

As it says in Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  I’m hoping that through these seven challenges I’ll be transformed, not just for my sake but for the sake of the world.  This week, I accepted the first challenge to “recreate your personal spaces, stripping away things around you to refocus your attention on what inspires you, makes you passionate, and helps you connect faith and justice.”

I’ll be honest with you. I’m tired. I had a long week of meetings, came home to a messy house and two adorable kids who want my attention.  I really wanted just to sit on my couch, enjoy a beverage and surf zappos.com to find a killer pair of black boots. I was slightly annoyed that the inspiration guide provided by act:s was just that- inspiration, rather than instruction. Mentally whining to myself I wondered “can’t they just tell me what to do to make the world a better place?” But the thing about Jesus is that he invites us to follow him, that implies taking action- not just sitting on the couch with a beverage passively hoping that my intentions will change my life or the world.

So, like any small step that requires faith I decided to accept the challenge and act to connect faith and justice. Though there are limitations on my life and time I can do something. So I got on the Sojourners website to see if there were any political actions being taken to care for the poor by people who follow Jesus.  There I learned about the “Circle of Protection” for a moral budget- A pledge by church leaders from diverse theological and political beliefs who have come together to form a Circle of Protection around programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world.

Check out this clip on what the circle of protection is all about.  

I can do something about the fact that many Americans and people around the world can’t afford to buy shoes, groceries or a home.  Even though I didn’t find a killer pair of black boots on my boot quest  I’m glad I took the time to offer a small sacrifice to make the world a more just place. Take the time to inform yourself about issues you care about, act to do something about it, and invite others to do the same. If you’d like to sign the pledge like I did and have it passed onto your state senators, congress people and the big boss Barack himself, read and sign the petition for the circle of protection to be advocated for.

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