On the heels of the Resurrection, I’m considering how my faith changes things, how it changes me.
Macro or Micro?
Once upon a time, I was concerned with world events, what was happening around the globe, the goings on outside of my little Keri bubble.
But, somewhere along the way I stopped caring about the macrocosm.
And, started focusing on the microcosm.
I don’t know when that change came.
It wasn’t because the macro ceased to exist.
It was because it ceased to exist in my consciousness.
Insulate and Isolate
In my suburban life, it’s easy to insulate and isolate myself from the macrocosm.
I also tend to make up excuses for my lack of awareness, saying things like “I just don’t have time to watch the news, read the paper, or listen to the radio.”
What that really means is that I just don’t want to think about it and my microcosm is much, much more important.
I figure I have enough problems of my own, why worry myself with problems I can’t fix?
When the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, I was alert. I was aware.
Yet, I chose to simply turn off the tv and tune out the tragedy.
Simply, because I could.
Simply, because I had the option.
In James, we discover that
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)
The Bible Knowledge Commentary expounds on this verse by saying
This is not a definition of religion but rather a contrast to mere acts of worship and ritualistic observances that are commonly called “religion”. Again, the goal is a mature Christian walk and practical holiness.
Acts of worship and ritualistic observances…they just don’t cut it.
Those types of things are important. In many ways, those are things that can help me stay grounded to the faith.
But, what about the practical holiness and the mature Christian walk?
Actually walking out this thing we call Christianity?
For me, part of walking out my faith is loving others as He has loved me.
True religion is removing myself from the microcosm of Keri and entering the macrocosm of His Creation.
In a couple of weeks, World Concern is holding a Free Them 5K Run/Walk to raise funds to combat modern day slavery.
It’s an opportunity for me and my family to take part in the macro and step out of the micro.
Honestly, the cause overwhelms me, the stats on human trafficking from the World Concern site are staggering:
- Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors. - U.S. State Department
- The average age of entry for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12 years. - U.S. Department of Justice
- The global market for child trafficking is over $12 billion a year with more than 1.2 million child victims. - UNICEF
- Surveys indicate that 30 to 35 per cent of all sex workers in the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia are between 12 and 17 years of age. – UNICEF
- The average cost of a slave today is $90, a historic low. – Kevin Bales, author of Ending Slavery
I’m also recognizing that the macro is not just the big problems of the world.
It’s also the real struggles and real needs of people in my state, my city, my neighborhood, and my circle of influence.
I can step out of myself to love on those people, too, and quit worrying so much about myself and my problems.
How do you stay aware of the macrocosm and not become overwhelmed, in despair, and downtrodden over the reality?
What ways do you exercise practical holiness and a mature Christian walk?
More details on Free Them 5K Fun Run/Walk
Making a differences, raising awareness and funds to combat modern-day slavery
Saturday, May 7, 8:30 registration, 9:30 race time
Crista Ministries Campus
19303 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133
$25 adults/$10 for ages 18 and under
- T-shirt for race participants
- Dogs welcome
- Strollers/wagons welcome
- Food booths, bouncy house, and inflatable slide!