Sunday Night at the Mobilization

By Jim Wallis 4-27-2009

Last night, the Mobilization to End Poverty began with the over 1,100 faith leaders and activists gathered together from across the country. We were led in worship and were soon on our feet, singing and clapping, with the Howard University Chapel Choir. Rev. Darren Ferguson brought us back on our feet again as he testified to the redeeming power of God, who brought a high school dropout with almost a decade in Sing-Sing prison to be a pastor on the streets helping to save others from that same fate.

We ended the night by breaking bread together in the Lord's Supper. The bread and the cup serve as a reminder of the presence of Christ and his kingdom in the here and the now. That our faith is not just a spiritual reality of another world, but a present reality in this one.

I served communion with Congressman John L. Lewis, who, as our opening speaker, reminded us that our sacrifice of worship is not just a spiritual one, but a physical one. It is a sacrifice that, as the people of God, sometimes means that we have to "get in the way." Nobody knows that better than a man who has been to prison over forty times, was beaten by police, and had blood drawn by angry mobs.

This week at the Mobilization to End Poverty, we bring a sacrifice of worship both physical and spiritual. When it comes to poverty, the prophetic words of Congressman Lewis spoke loud and strong: "We have been to quiet for too long

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