While driving in to work last week, I heard a report on the news which told of a new White House position created by President Obama called the Urban Affairs Director. This, I thought would be very good news for York City. Unfortunately, as the story continued, the reporter told that the position would focus on improving the programs and quality in the nation’s largest cities. I am pretty sure that leaves York out of the picture.
As I have thought about this over the past week, I have decided that this is not necessarily bad news for York City; it only makes the need for City Church that much more clear. If we are not going to benefit from this new position and department and (probably inefficient) beaurocracy, the obligation falls to us as a community of believers, in partnership with other churches and local organizations, to seek to serve the City of York in the ways that the Urban Affairs Director likely plans to serve the larger cities. It falls to us to help our own in our community. I call this Good News because we as a church are setting out to show the Gospel to the city in Word and Deed; that is just what we will do. Without this program, there’s less temptation to let someone else take care of the problems of the city. Instead, we will see clearly our obligation to work in this city to show the Good News of the Gospel to its inhabitants.