[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
Lectionary reading: John 3:1-17
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God."
Excerpt from Rediscovering Values:
We all need to recognize the signs of sickness in our society as a whole, within our families and friends, and even in ourselves. The beliefs that greed is good, it's all about me, and I want it now ended up being not only bad for ourselves, but harmful to those around us and disastrous for our economy. But the story must not end there. This is the time to ask the right questions about what type of people we want to be, what the character of our communities should look like, and the kind of country we could become. (p. 89)
Perhaps to be "born-again" means to see with a new sight that is only given with a new birth. What "signs of sickness" can you identify in your own life, family, church, and/or community?
[This post is excerpted from A Lenten Study Guide for use with Rediscovering Values.]
Jim Wallis is the author of Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery, and CEO of Sojourners. He blogs at www.godspolitics.com. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.