Postscript: “We’re All In This Together”

November 5, 2009

Last night, about 12 brothers & sisters from NHF attended the one-night-only movie event hosted by Hillsong United, “We’re All In This Together.”  The documentary was preceded by 30 minutes of interviews with and performances of new songs by Hillsong United.  The North-American screening of this film, chronicling Hillsong United’s observations from their recent world tour, was also the official launch of The I-Heart Revolution, a movement to look outside ourselves and to the needs of others, so that local initiatives can be transformed into a collaborative global impact. 

We were mightily humbled, moved, wounded, inspired and blessed by “We’re All In This Together.”  We are both eager to listen for God’s continuing guidance, and ready to move in obedience to battle poverty & injustice both near and abroad, for His Name and unto His glory.  Some key quotes and links can be found after the jump …

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”  (C.S. Lewis)

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”  (Mother Teresa)

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”  (William Wilberforce)

Consider this: it is easy to think that we have nothing in common with those halfway around the world.  But, we are all alive and breathing at the same time.  This is no small commonality.

Consider this: maybe there is less love because we train ourselves to look past need.

Consider this: the roots of injustice are in focusing on ourselves.  Do we dare to go inside injustice?

In the Bobi Internal Displacement Camp in Uganda, Ugandan refugees lived (and continue to live) in squalor and completely inhumane conditions.

Consider this: the earth is ruled by human judgment, and human judgment is never just.

“I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  I will not refuse to do something I can do.”  (Helen Keller)

Consider this: the One story is the greatest act of injustice, and the greatest act of love.  “I don’t know anything.  Except the One thing.”  (Joel Houston)

Consider this: the Message is perfect.  What messes the Message up are the people trying to deliver it — Christians.  But God takes pride in using us anyway.

Question: can we be transparent enough for people to see the Jesus within us?

Consider this: preaching doesn’t come only from the pulpit.  It also comes from the people who follow Christ.

Consider this: the church is not a social club for Christians.

“The church exists for those outside it.”  (William Tyndale)

Question: can you, will you, put feet to your vision?

“Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.  Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”  (Robert F. Kennedy)

“We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.  We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.  We are prophets of a future not our own.”  (Oscar Romero)

Voiceover throughout the film provided by Robert F. Kennedy (excerpts of his Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966).

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