Today's Action Step: Say Thank You or Give a Gift to Someone who serves our city.
When the prophet Jeremiah told the nation of Israel to pray for their city and its welfare he was speaking to people that would soon be in exile in a culture that was completely opposing to their faith.
When it comes to our approach to a city, Christians usually fall into one of three approaches:
1. Cursing the Darkness
Some Christians are known for being against their cities. Their churches are full of people that gather every week to pat each other on the back and be thankful that they aren't like those "heathens" outside. Their sermons are usually directed at people outside of the church.
2. Turning Inward
This is where Christians gather together and seek constant retreat from their culture. They gather together and wait for Jesus to return without having any significant impact.
3. Transforming their City.
These are Christians that believe that they have sent into their culture to transform lives. They take their role in society seriously and they pray fervently for their city and work hard to make it a better place because of their presence in the city.
I believe the gospel-centered, Biblical approach to our culture is this one. To seek the welfare of the place God has called us and to pray for it to succeed. Take a moment today to say thank you, perhaps even with a small gift, to someone that makes our city better.