It shall have no power over you to drag you down

Have you ever felt that unjust laws cannot be overturned, that there is too much injustice in the world?

Where do you get your energy and motivation from for your work for peace and justice? What gives you a new drive to turn the world around into a state of wholeness?

This week’s reflection text comes from Helaman 2:74-75 in Community of Christ’s version of the Book of Mormon. These are the words Nephi and Lehi, two preachers in the narrative of the Book of Mormon, remembered being spoken by their father Helaman. The words gave them new impetus to carry out their mission among the Lamanites. Like the Freedom Riders of the 60s who were challenging segragation laws, these two preachers were reaching across divides between peoples. This led to their imprisonment.

“Now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that you must build your foundation, that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds and his shafts in the whirlwind, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless woe, because of the rock upon which you are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build, they cannot fall.”

Jesus reached across boundaries and borders and found allies in his work to challenge misconceptions of the other. What strategies would you use to resist and confront injustice?

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