Baby Steps

The gospel presents us with profound social, economic, and political challenges. Issues of global poverty and hunger, corporate corruption, and national policies of war and nuclear arms are gospel concerns. The gospel demands a response from us, which can be boiled down to three simple and clear things that we, as the body of Christ, cannot tolerate in our private and public lives: hunger, cheating, and violence. Moreover, we are compelled to treat all with dignity and equality, constantly on alert to extend mercy and compassion to all who are hurting.

The gospel values of mercy, compassion, and love can be found in the core beliefs of all faiths. They are universal human values, and it is those virtues that can unite us as a human family, and help us see and know that the chronically poor around the world are our brothers and sisters, and we must stand with them in fraternity and solidarity. And we can begin to do this by taking at least baby steps toward defying political polarization, consumerism, and militarism and putting our full trust in God’s abundance, mercy, and love.

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3 Responses to “Baby Steps”


  1. 1 Kaye Wilkins M.D. July 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Right on!! We need to change our culture of greed and consumerism.

  2. 2 Kaye Wilkins M.D. July 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I am still working in Haiti. I see some changes for the better. Slow but there is some progress.

  3. 3 Jerry July 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I think it’s very human to want to do big things and change the world or at least a corner of it. But I think that what we’re being asked to do is to let whatever love and compassion is in our hearts be reflected in everything we do, however apparently small. When we can do so, God’s light automatically enters the world and helps to change it.


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