We can save the world by saving the Church and we can save the Church by saving the world
Oh, people, look around you
The signs are everywhere
You’ve left it for somebody other than you
To be the one to care
You’re lost inside your houses
There’s no time to find you now
While your walls are burning and your towers are turning
I’m gonna leave you here and try to get down to the sea somehow
Jackson Browne, Rock me on the water
I think that there is still time ‘to be the one to care’ whether it is by getting down to the sea (even if it means leaving others) or by joining with others to focus on specific issues. The hope that we can take effective action to prevent the self destruction of humanity is just as real today as it was in Jackson Browne’s 1970 song. Now, as then, it seems like we care enough about what is wrong with the world to see the signs that are everywhere but have not yet found ways to correct what is wrong. Now, as back then, we think we can and should do better and for those of us who are still comfortable calling ourselves Christians, the Church can provide Good News we can use. We believe that by saving the world we can save the Church and that by saving the Church we can save the world.
Our walls (and Maui) are burning and our (twin) towers are turning but we can get down to the sea somehow..