Living the Fast Life

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,

 to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” Isaiah: 58:6

Living the Fast Life

The text [Isaiah 58:6] is a correction call-out. There has been a misunderstanding among God’s people of what the Lord requires of those who fast.  A misunderstanding of (1.) how long to fast and (2.) a misunderstanding of what to do as a fast to the Lord; not what food to give up for one day.

Now don’t get me wrong, less is better when it comes to food.  However, the text reflects that food has little to do with the fast that God outlines—but his people’s commitment to on-going liberation of the oppressed does.  It seems that the Lord is calling for his people to live the fast-life and according to the text the fast-life is a committed lifestyle of passionately and intentionally becoming goal-oriented for the liberation of the oppressed—who are also God’s people.

It is said that: “Goals are general guidelines that explain what you want to achieve in your community.  They are usually long-term and represent global visions.”  And so, amazingly, we see that the Lord has listed four intentional guidelines to advance his vision for humanity—loose the bonds of injustice, undo the thongs or belts of the yoke that hold people back, let the oppressed go free so they are not oppressed anymore, and break every [unjust public policy] yoke once and for all! 

It is here that we see that now is the time of salvation to be achieved for the oppressed.  Now is all the time that each of has, to make a passionate move to live the fast-life and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the underserved.  And the underserved does that include people of color; poor families, poor children, and the working poor.  Now is the time to understand that Lent is about more than forty days in the wilderness with Satan.  Lent is about spiritual transformation to begin to live the fast-life every, single, day.

It’s about making a move to address the demonic yoke that holds each of us back from advancing God’s vision for our lives.  It’s about prayerfully moving out of comfort and into the discomfort of the fight to dismantle unjust and racist statutes and policies levied against black and brown men, women, and children.

Now is the time for no more neighborhood violence; no more wide-spread crime; no more police brutality; no more mass incarceration; no more unemployment; no more hunger; no more homelessness; and no more political strongholds!

“Is not this the fast that I choose?”

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. stokes

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