Prayer for return of our focus as the Church

In my reading for Lent, I came to Psalm 82:2-3

“How long will you defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Last year I put in this note in my digital Bible:

The American Church struggles with the quest for power. We end up defending the unjust… and crushing the poor. We have a new level of hatred for the immigrant and minorities. We are LOST.

The HOPE of the Church is to return to the margins. The HOPE of the Church is to turn away from the powerFUL and back to the powerLESS. Who else will uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed better? Who else can truly have Kingdom BEST for the those on the margins? We MUST turn away from our power-hungry quest!

It is a prayer I still pray. It is a longing I still have deep in my heart.

 

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