"We are inevitably our brother's keeper because we are our brother's brother. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we remembered the witness and prophetic actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday, I'm also reminded of the great strides the church has made to be in ministry with those on the margins of society here in North Alabama. Everyday churches across the conference are reaching out to feed the poor, heal those who are hurt or broken, and show God's hope to many who struggle to see it.
I'm reminded of the beginnings of the early church in the Book of Acts: the disciples were left to build the church, more than likely confused about much of what they were to do. How should we worship God? Should we include the Gentiles? Where should we gather to worship? But in the midst of all these questions of how to build the church, they knew there was one thing they had to do along with spreading the Word: be in service to their community (Acts 6:1-3). The widows were being overlooked by other disciples in the daily food service, and this group decided to choose several among themselves to make sure the widows were served.
Because we are all created by God we are also called to care for one another, as the above quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. so elequently states. The body of Christ is not just an organization, but also an organism: a living and breathing thing. What one part does affects other parts in the body. In the spirit of Dr. King, our Living God, and Jesus Christ, our savior, I invite you to celebrate what the churches of North Alabama are doing in ministry to those around us.
If I can ever help you and your church be in mission, or answer any questions about outreach opportunties, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Rev. Matt Lacey, Director of Mission and Advocacy, North Alabama Conference UMC