Easter 7 – new mission field

Acts 1:6–14
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Look up mission on the internet and what do you see?  People going to far away distant lands like Africa, Asia, and South America.  That is great; the good news of Jesus Christ can be shared with all.  However, it is about time we focused on a whole new mission field.

Our mission field is much closer to home.  There are lots and lots of folks who need to be touched by God’s Word.  God’s call for justice for the oppressed, for care for the poor and immigrant, is drowned out by short-sighted economic sound-bites and slogans.  Tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy is the new idolatry.  Sadly, the new mission field isn’t exotic, and it is filled with people who probably sit in some pew or another on a Sunday morning.  It will not probably win us friends for it isn’t politically correct, but we as the church must answer the call to reach out to this new mission field.

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