What If

We are expected to respond in anger…but what if we don’t.
We are expected to play politics…but what if we won’t.
We are expected to fight back…but what if we refuse.
We are expected to seek more power…but what if we don’t care what we lose.
What if….
We lay down our lives, and take up the cross (Luke 9:23).
We give up our rights, to reach out to the lost (Matthew 5:40).
We realize our citizenship, is not of this earth (Philippians 3:20).
And instead keep our eyes on that of true worth (Hebrews 12:2).
What if….
We awake from our slumber of comfort and customs,
and respond to our neighbor with love and compassion. (Matthew 22:39)
We live as though to self we have died,
and resolve to know nothing but Christ, and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
As followers of Jesus, our calling is clear, (Matthew 28:19-20)
and it is not driven by self pride or fear.
Yet so often it would seem, we tend confuse,
the words of our Savior with those in the news.
Whether COVID, racism, brokenness, or vice;
in this time, more than ever, may our foundation be Jesus Christ. (Matthew 7:24)
So let’s throw off what hinders, and seek only He,
who can do the impossible, and make “what if” a reality.
Joshua Opperman
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