Monday, December 10, 2018


Joe Walker of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship once stood outside a Bolivian tin mine, watching 10-year-olds descend into the dark airless shaft. They would reappear ten hours later, finishing their regular shifts. Most of them would die by age 35.

Joe said, “We can preach Christ to such lads, and we should. We can build hospitals to care for them when their lungs turn black, and we should. But God also calls someone to stand before the government of Bolivia and the American companies that own such mines and say, “In the name of God, stop!”

Jesus died to save our eternal souls, but he also bent the standards of the world to resemble those of God. One day he took a whip in hand and drove from the Temple those who were exploiting the poor.

If we really mean the words of the Lord’s Prayer—“thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”—then we must sometimes take action!