My name is Kate, and I am a senior at the University of Memphis. I am studying anthropology and international studies and will hopefully be going to law school in the fall. You may be thinking, “Wow, this little adult is going to go save the world (or at least she thinks she is).” As a trained veteran of the nonprofit system, I will let you know that it is impossible for me to save the world. It’s not that it can’t be done; I just couldn’t do it singlehandedly.
As a believer, I am here to tell you that I don’t have to save the world. It’s already been saved.
*collective gasps from around the room* Yup, I said that. This crazy, dumb, broken world in which we live in is already saved, and friends, it is the Lord Jesus Christ that did it.
The Good News
And I’m not one who likes to talk about saving things or salvation a lot. It seems super ~evangelical~ and ~Southern Baptist~ and those words have negative connotations to me because of a history of oppression by Evangelicals and Baptists of all kinds against my brothers and sisters. But I have spent a lot of time around Evangelicals and “other” Baptists in my past years in college, and y’all, THIS is the good news:
“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” – Jesus Christ as reported by John translated as the New International Version John 12:47. Y’all may also know John 3:16? It’s a classic. Here’s John 3:16’s younger brother John 3:17, who is super helpful on this subject. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus come into the world. Died. Saved it. Come back a few days later. Checked in. Hung out. Went up to Heaven. Left the Holy Spirit. Folks rejoiced. And now we’re all straight chillin. Back to normal.
And yes, the world is broken. BROKEN. And people are hurt and poverty run rampant. Children are separated from their families. Women are subjected to follow rules about their bodies that people without women’s bodies made. We are HARMING each other. WE are the problem. WE don’t listen to the values of love and equity that our Savior championed. The Lord Jesus already came down and died for our sins. That was the big stumbling block from us being saved. The world is saved. We just need to act like it.
My celebrity crush until I die probably will be Harry Styles, the former member of One Direction. In his solo career, his motto/ rallying cry is “Treat People with Kindness.” I can’t stand it in a very Generation Z kind of way because it is so simple and common sense. But it’s also a good reminder. When I see someone being rude to a cashier or a man standing on the street with a sign, I should deliberately treat them with kindness. Smiles are big for me. Eye contact and acknowledge, just letting someone know you see them goes a long way.
We gotta act like the world is saved. It is. Take confidence. Know that we are loved and seen by the Creator who made us knowing how much trouble we would be. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.