Mission in a world falling apart

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The Book of Revelation gives this mission scholar clues for faithful action in the present day.

ARUN JONES
UM & Global

I woke up the other morning earlier than I would have wanted, and immediately realized that it was a bad dream that had jolted me out of my sleep.  The dream had to do with the political situation in our country, which is causing me and millions of my fellow citizens a great deal of anguish and pain.  But the dream was distressing not simply because of the condition of our country, but because I felt helpless to do anything about it.  Indeed, in my nightmare no one seemed to be able to do anything about it – not even the combined efforts of all the living past presidents of the United States.

My feeling of helplessness in the face of a powerful combination of immorality and amorality is not new; it has plagued me for some time now.  And I have often wondered, what does it mean to be engaged in mission in a world that one feels is falling apart?  And it is falling apart not just politically, but in so many other ways – socially, religiously, environmentally . . . the list goes on and on.

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