“I’m going to pick a fight” – from the movie Braveheart
Steven: Fine speech. Now what do we do?William Wallace: Just be yourselves.Hamish: Where are you going?William Wallace: I’m going to pick a fight.Hamish: Well, we didn’t get dressed up for nothing.
Tonight’s topic for class is in direct contrast to last week’s topic on suffering and the problem of evil. Tonight’s topic is, “now what”? So the world is full of pain, suffering and hate. The waves crashing on our shore are both systemic and personified evil. So what, what is our response? Should we give up? Should we shut the windows and lock the doors? Should we lie on the canvas and wait to be counted out? Perhaps we should do what the Christian bookstore new release titles tell us, hunker down and wait for Jesus to come back. Dream of escapism and waith for glory in the by and by. I mean its all just too hard, right? Sit in fear and tremble in a dark corner? . . . this is rubbish
John 20:1, “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdelene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.”
What do we do? We frickin’ get up. We get up off the canvas. We rise to the darkness of the early morning. If our enemy is riding out to meet us, then we give him the pleasure of our company. Why? Not because of us, but because of the One we follow is the Resurrection. When things are hard, when times are dark, we have a nasty habit of RISING again! I encourage you to pick a fight. Pick a fight with the cause that is written on your soul. Whatever it is, whoever you are, for the sake of Christ, pick a fight. Love and Hope is our rebellion. Scream it into the places that seem lost, rage against the systems that are dehumanizing, resist the tyranny of inequality. I’m choosing to get up today, I’m choosing to pick a fight.peace,marshall