Wesley Foundation students from across Michigan gathering for Hands4Detroit 2014 spend Friday evening getting to know each other and explore their Christian calling to work with the people of impoverished areas in the world to build up God's kin-dom here on Earth.
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race. And I believe that with this philosophy and this determined struggle we will be able to go on in the days ahead and transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of [sibling]hood...You’re asking, I’m sure, 'What can we do here in Detroit to help?'" - MLK Jr. "Speech at the Grand March in Detroit"
I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. - from Amos 5
There is some truth-telling in Amos 5 before the famous "let justice role" quote. What are the truths of brokenness, hurtfulness, greed and selfishness you've seen at work in this world and particularly in poverty stricken communities?
Where did Martin Luther King Jr's work face sinful powers and offer God's alternative?
How do gatherings like Hands4Detroit avoid being "solemn assemblies" and participate in the global vision of sharing "righteousness like an ever flowing stream?"
Where do you expect to meet God, experience Jesus' justice-work, and taste "ever-flowing streams" tomorrow?
What are the Hands4Detroit moments and movements happening on your campus and what is one step you could take to support them? Take a minute to think about one action you plan to do in the next week and text that to a friend before the night is out.