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Take a Stand

I suspect a lot of people are glad this decade is over, and that’s understandable.

The global economy is a wreck. There’s a global food crisis devastating the developing world. Loved ones have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jobs have been lost. The implosion of the housing market has left many in dire straits.

But you could also view the past 10 years in a different light.

We have been punched in the face, bloodied and beaten. Our pockets have been pilfered. Our sense of security crushed. But we’re still standing. And that’s saying something.

Standing. That’s how I’d like to start this new decade.

It’s time to take a deep breath, expand our lungs, square our hips and boldly, defiantly …stand.

But just standing isn’t enough. We need to stand with a purpose. Stand for a reason.

I think that would be a great New Year’s resolution for this year. To stand. Stand and be heard. Stand and be counted. Stand and speak up. Stand and make a difference.

Because, you see, for the poorest of the poor around the world, the economy is always horrible. The billions living on less than $2 a day are attacked over and over again by a ruthless terrorist: poverty.

The poor have lost loved ones in the battle against malnutrition, unclean water and disease.

And jobs? For the poor, they’ve always been scarce. They know little of a “housing market bubble” because they can’t imagine getting beyond their shacks made of tin and wood scraps. They can’t even imagine coming home to a carpeted floor.

The truth is, the poor have been beaten by poverty for far too long. And it’s beyond time to stand up for them.

This year you can do it.

In 2010, you can stand up for the poor. Pray. Give. Share. Care. Use your time, talents or treasure to help those less fortunate.

Stand and expect more from our government. Stand and lead your church to become part of the solution. Stand.

This next decade will say a lot about us … about the Church. Will we shrink in the aftermath of disruption and despair? Will we lie crumpled in our grief?

Or will we plant both feet firmly on the ground and say “Enough!”?

What will we look back and say in 2020? Will we shrug our shoulders and excuse ourselves, saying, “Well, we needed time to recoup,” or will we look back on the 20-teens and say, “That was the decade we decided to change the world. That was the decade we decided to stand”?