12 “Don’t regard as alliance what this people calls alliance,
and don’t fear what they fear or be awestruck by it;
13 but Adonai-Tzva’ot — consecrate him!
Let him be the object of your fear and awe!
The time is coming when Ya‘akov will take root;
Isra’el will bud and flower,
and fill the whole world with a harvest.
On that day Adonai will be the only one,
and his name will be the only name.
"The problem was systemic but the response was individual, based on a few caring people and their personal outrage at the selling and trafficking of children."
Rachel Lloyd in "Girls Like Us"
- (sɪˈstɛm ɪk)
- 1. of or pertaining to a system.
- 2. pertaining to, affecting, or circulating through the entire body: systemic disease; systemic pesticide.
What started as a "few caring people" has been slowly but surely making a difference and it is time for us to recognize that we are part of something bigger. The problems we are called to intersect are in fact systemic: devaluing of life, devaluing of our sexuality, defrauding of childhood, demoralizing of character and defiling of the true nature of God. This being said, when we are working, NOT to fulfill our individual call and destiny, but rather in obedience to do our part, we can trust that the Lord is working and moving to shift the tide of nations. We have been working with one life at a time to offer hope, the experience of healthy family and loving relationships and to impact generations to come...this is the ground level work of "systemic change."
We dare to espouse that the young woman, her family of origin and a child in her womb have value. Value given by the Creator not by status, experience, or contribution. We dare to uphold biblical values: love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control [against such things there is NO law. Galatians 5:22-23]. We dare to ecourage abstinence until marriage and hold out hope for the hearts of fathers to turn to their children and the hearts of the children to turn to their fathers. Malachi 4:6] We dare to believe that our hope and salvation come from the Lord and not from our own efforts.
We do all this as part of a larger vision, with a promise that the cry of God's people is heard, the work that we do has value and meaning and that with our eyes fixed on Jesus we are part of systemic change...change we will see, fruit that will last and lives that will be restored.
May you catch a glimpse of the change agent that you are! May you know that the father's love at work in you is making a difference!
May you not stop crying out for change!