As I continue my reading of American presidents, I finished a major study of George H. W. Bush, and I am finishing a shorter book right now.
Here is a great thought from GHWB:
“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the Nation and gentler the face of the world.” (George H. W. Bush, January 20, 1989)
This resonates with me. I believe this is when America as a nation is at her best. Whether we are at our best today is an important discussion. I tend to think we are, right now, not at our best as a people, as a society, as a civil culture.
But let me borrow this idea and apply it to the purpose and nature of the church.
The church cannot be wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral, spiritual, and missional principle. We are to be a certain kind of people described by such passages as 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (love) and Galatians 5:22-23 (fruit of the Spirit).
We are to be a people who have as our abiding purpose to love God and to love others—our family, our friends, our neighbors, the strangers, and even those we might be tempted to describe as our enemy.
We the church have a purpose today. It is to spread the Good News of forgiveness, healing, repair, and transformation that is possible through a personal relationship with Jesus.
It is to be the Good News of the Gospel: Be, act, do, and live the truth of Scripture for the sake of others.
This is our identity—the people of God on the mission of God for the world God loves.
As one writer says, it is a high calling and a high responsibility.
May we be passionately committed to this in our local community and globally. May this be the Wider in Influence kind of impact we have on the world.