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Who Cares?

Is the world better off because I’m in it? Is it better off because I am a Christian? Is my family, church and community better off? Or does it have little consequence, sort of like one’s color preference? I prefer blue over yellow, but who cares?

Interestingly, “who cares?” has become the over-riding question in many circles. Who cares about interpersonal relationships? About the Golden Rule? About ethics? About “the least of these” that Jesus spoke of in Mathew 25? Who cares about racism? Who cares about honesty and truth-telling? Who cares about poverty? Affordable healthcare? Is life just about me and “my people?”

I recently saw a video clip of a white woman at a political rally cursing at people with “Black Lives Matter” signs. To the BLM crowd she yelled, “I hate you all, and I’m going to raise my kids to hate you as well.” Unfortunately, some of the people who talk like this claim to be Christian. How should we respond?

In light of what Paul says in Philippians 2, we all have things to pray and care about. This Scripture passage marks out a course for those who want to be affiliated with God’s Kingdom of grace.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had” (Philippians 2:3-8, NLT).

If the world is no better off from me being in it, am I really a follower of Jesus?

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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