SURRENDER Director Sam Hearn shares with us the importance of scripture and the hope it gives in guiding us to Make Things Right.
Shalom? Soulless prosperity and the hope of Scripture…
"Last Saturday morning I found myself standing on the main street of my home town of Mornington - gazing along the line of shops and busy shoppers with the beach and bay in the distance. As I took it all in I was struck again by the prosperity and affluence around me - and the realisation that only a tiny percentage of people on earth live in this world, this alternate reality of comfort, consumption and extreme wealth. The vast majority of humanity live without this shiny veneer of a false Shalom - this hollow wealth and soulless prosperity. For that vast majority the only hope can be the coming of the freedom, grace, and justice of God’s kingdom and its true Shalom.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water
and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards
that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
and he did not let their herds diminish. Psalm 107:35 -38
This passage is one of the biblical pictures of true Shalom. God as the redeemer, restorer, provider and Father of His people. Its a picture of wholeness, belonging, and things being made right as people live in the rule and reign of God. Our nation has created a false Shalom, a false hope, a society that has a thin veneer of prosperity and abundance that appears and promises to provide everything our hearts could need and desire. But in reality it is a mirage, an illusion. It is only a selfish consuming of materials, experiences, and pleasures that is disconnected from the true goodness and wholeness of God, and from the love and and belonging found in being part of His family in harmony with His creation.
How can we seek and discover true Shalom and hold it up like a lamp on a stand, like a city on a hill that lays bare the emptiness of this false prosperity and draws communities to the Shalom found in Jesus? How can we scratch the surface of the shiny veneer in places like my hometown and reveal to those within it just how empty and false it is? How do we reach a nation of rich young rulers?
Jesus simply said “Come follow Me”. His life, His message, and the message of Scripture are where hope lies and where the path to a true shalom for all of humanity can be found! Let’s dig deep and shine bright!"