A Ground Zero People

Monday, September 12, 2011

My church had a special service yesterday. It was "Sending Sunday," where we all gather for one service (instead of three separate ones) and have a potluck dinner after. The idea is to send us out into the community and world to do God's work, as we are a "missional" church. This service has been advertised for weeks, for Sunday, September 11th, with the title, "A Ground Zero People, Romans Chapter 8."

I've been unsure about that.

Ground Zero sends a shudder down my spine. It makes me think of that awful day. What could they mean by "A Ground Zero People?" Why say that? Why go there?

I listened hard, and in between crayon retrievals and bathroom breaks, this is what I got:

"Christ's Ground Zero was the cross. As Christians, we don't flee from suffering."

Oh. Ooooh. I'm glad I wrote that down. We don't flee from suffering. We go in. We go out, into the world. We are called, sent.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26

If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

We don't flee from suffering in our lives, or when we see it in the lives of others. We are called to go towards it, to help, to pray, to hope and to have faith. That is a good message.

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8 Responses to “A Ground Zero People”

  1. Excellent post!!  That is a great sermon illustration, albeit hard to hear.

  2. I can see why you balked at the title...but I can also clearly see the point, too -- about not fleeing from suffering. So very many people did just that on 9-11. 

  3. Wow! that must have been a great sermon to hear - our first instinct with suffering is to get away but the God instinct is to get involved.

  4. Oh, this is a good message!  The Cross was Ground Zero for Jesus, yet He didn't run away from it, He ran to it.  I'm so very thankful for that!  Many blessings - stopping by from Finding Heaven. :)

  5. That is a good message.  Am sharing this on FB, as many of us Texans have had our own ground zero with the fires.  And the outpouring of support?  A true mission field here -- there are many workers.

  6. I've been praying for you all, Jen. I hope you get some rain relief soon. 

  7. A Ground Zero person...it sounds so scary. But yes, that is what we are called to be. What a great lesson to hear on 9-11. Our preacher didn't even mention it; yeah, I was a little perturbed by that, but trying to show him grace though...:-)

  8. Ouch. I'm sooooo good at getting my spikes up and then fleeing - been doing it the entire week again :/ But truly, Jesus didn't flee (other than the crowds sometimes) - not suffering, not difficult persons or situations. He always went in all the way to the ground zero and did what was needed to clear the debris away. It's rough, it's tough and it's way not fun. But yes, our calling. Good thing we don't need to do it in our own strength!