Gender equality. Under privileged minorities. These are some of the topics currently dividing our nation. For the average person, they are uncomfortable topics. In a life that is not daily impacted by these issues, it is easier to turn a blind eye.
During D.L. Moody’s time, America was wrestling with these issues in a different way as well. In the 19th century, a woman’s role did not hold much value so education and training were not highly prioritized. Move into a rural area, and men and women alike would struggle to find access to education due to money and distance. Moody spoke in a time after the end of the Civil War where many wounds were still healing in general. “Love your neighbor” was not such a simple command.
So how did Moody address these difficult themes?
What made Moody stand out is that he did not simply lecture and attempt to bring peace or change through his words. Moody was a man of action and collaboration. He got in and did the work no one else considered. By starting a school for girls and opening up training for those without the opportunity, he began equipping young lives. However, these things were not just a free pass. A high expectation for excellence was required.
Moody met people in their need and began tackling the root problems.
In today’s world…
Yes, things are different today, but it does not change the underlying principle that we need to act. It is easy to hide behind keyboards and share riveting posts about difficult topics and their poetic solutions, but that does not bring change. If you want to be a voice for justice, you should live a life for justice as well.
Let’s get started.
With such systemic issues, you probably will not be the end-all solution, but that should not deter your work. Pursue God’s calling and find where He has best equipped you. Drawing from Moody’s life, take these first steps:
- Ask what your talents are and how they can meet a need- Moody was a salesman at heart, and he raised many funds for projects through his entrepreneurial mindset. Find your own gifting and entrust it to God.
- Get uncomfortable- Ask God to break your heart and let you be a light in these painful issues of the day. Moody never operated from a “holier-than-thou” mindset; he knew God’s love is equal and unconditional for all. We cannot approach difficult topics thinking we are perfect or better than others and proudly hand out our fantastic solutions. We need to have humble broken hearts to truly bring God’s love.
- Study- There is nothing worse than a proud spirit. Times are always changing, and it is important for you to be educated. Moody listened to many other teachers, and he willingly employed their advice and correction. We cannot expect to engage with the issues of the day if we operate with a self righteous attitude that thinks it has all the answers.
Maybe these seem like simple things, but so many great shifts in culture have occurred through simple ideas being carried out in many forms by so many different minds united for one purpose. Join a movement today, and be a messenger of God’s great love and peace.