Written in real time while listening to the guest speaker at Vintage Church LA, who challenged us as citizens of Los Angeles.
Ministers of the new creation
Known for creativity
Standing within culture
living within their city
Retrieving what was lost in the fall
But doing it without the Divine.
the height of rebellion against God was religion, But in relationship we find…
In Christ eternal life and a sound mind
Amidst confusion and chaos
Looking outward, competing against
Each other…who is our equal or boss.
But our freedom is an act of worship
Our freedom has a purpose to bless
The gentiles and the foreigners
Those most abused and oppressed.
Solomon took his freedom and ran with it… ran to accumulate
12,000 horses and chariots
With other tools of war and hate
The Slaves becoming Slave drivers
Not seeing they're need to reform
incrementally getting self reliant
no longer seeking to be transformed
Solomon became like Babylon
Rebellious against the God that saved
Babylon was redeemed through the presence of God, through the people of God that stayed
Babylon was then blessed by the Israelites
and by the God of Israel redeemed
with a grace that they never deserved
With a love that none had seen
God said to them prosper, make a future
And while living in Babylon, keep the faith
I will bring you back from captivity
After the 70 years that you stayed.
So put down roots & make a home
You're not here only passing through
So we also must know our neighbors
Asking them "who and how are you?"
We also in our city
The city of angels, LA
Are blessed that we would be a blessing
And that is our purpose today.
⁃ Adjoa Skinner