KOH2RVA: Day 77

I’m back in Richmond this morning, sitting at my kitchen table having a delicious bowl of hot oatmeal and browsing through the pages of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  

I have to tell you that when I saw the front page of today’s paper I thought, “It’s working!” because there, above the fold, was a headline that read: “Crime down as sales soar.”  What I meant was, “It’s working: the Kingdom of Heaven is coming to Richmond, Virginia!” because crime was down and sales were soaring (I was a little disappointed when I read the article to find it referred only to gun sales; the picture below the fold had led me to believe the headline referred to Black Friday retail sales.  But when I read that article—“Bargain Hunt”—I was pleased to learn that those sales have also been strong.  In fact, consumers seem to be more confident about the economy getting better than they have for the past decade).

I’m not sure that’s how I should measure the success of this year-long, every-member mission trip, and it’s possible that First Baptist Church had nothing to do with the drop in the crime rate or the spike in consumer confidence, but it was—in fact—my first thought: that when you get this many people working together and praying together for Metropolitan Richmond good things are bound to happen.

I believe that’s true no matter what the headlines say.  Good things are happening in Metropolitan Richmond, and First Baptist Church is part of the reason.  When God’s people begin looking for ways to put God’s love into action, it makes a difference.

It is making a difference.

I don’t know how you will choose to bring heaven to earth today.  Maybe you’ll do your part to stimulate the local economy by shopping for Christmas gifts (smile). Whatever it is, do it with the confidence that God loves the place you live, the place you call home, and let that love flow through you to the people you encounter today.

Even if you have to go to the mall to do it.

2 thoughts on “KOH2RVA: Day 77

  1. Jim, I like to think of it as the “Hundredth Monkey Theory” in action (but definitely not discounting God’s help). The legend goes that in Japan a group of scientists observed a certain group of monkeys going down to the river to wash sweet potatoes, when the group reached a “critical mass” . . . the 100th monkey, the behavior started happening on other islands as well. Just think how fantastic it will be when we reach the critical mass and other counties, cities, and states start to duplicate our behavior. . . now that’s what I would call “heavenly”.

  2. Speaking of crime rates, recently there have started to be a lot of hold ups downtown especially in the VCU area. The police have made some arrests, apparently these are primarily young people doing the hold ups. However, they keep happening. Questions – Who are these people and why do they keep doing these hold ups? What can First Baptist and other churches do to help get these stopped and reach out to those who might be likely to commit them?

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