Friday, June 14, 2013

Hate what is evil, cling to what is good

Our church ladies group had dinner and chatting the other night.  Since it's report card time here, we looked at Romans 12 to grade ourselves, as individuals and as a church group.  We got to the part about hating what is evil and clinging to what is good.  There is so much evil in this world that it's almost easier to turn a blind eye to it.  But no, we're supposed to hate it.

In talking about all this a little more I was challenged with "Well, what are we going to do about it?"  We all agreed that prayer was in order.  But one thing I've discovered about prayer is that it can be very effective, to the point of changing me and calling me to action.  I am trying to prepare myself for whatever call or need I see around me in this regard.

In the meantime, there is this...  It's a song, introduced to me by our camp worship leader.  I loved it the first time I heard it because it's so upbeat and catchy.  And then I actually started listening to the lyrics.  My favourite part is from the chorus:

Show Your mighty hand, Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire, Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere, Build Your kingdom here we pray

This song has become my prayer for this broken land.  Listen to it here and follow along with the lyrics:

Build Your Kingdom Here

Verse 1
Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we're made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your pow'r in us

Verse 2
We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You're our joy and prize
To see the captives' hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven's cause
We are Your church
We pray revive this earth

Chorus 1
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here we pray

Verse 3
Unleash Your kingdom's pow'r
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope on earth

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