If you put an end to oppression, to every gesture of contempt, and to every evil word; if you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon. And I will always guide you and satisfy you with good things. I will keep you strong and well. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring of water that never runs dry. Your people will rebuild what has long been in ruins, building again on the old foundations. You will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined houses. – Isaiah 58:10-12
After the walls of Jerusalem had lain in ruins for seventy years, Nehemiah came with a plan for rebuilding. To implement his plan, Nehemiah rallied the support of men and women living in and around the city, assigning them specific portions of the wall to rebuild. With each person responsible for a particular section – often a section directly outside their own homes and businesses – progress was made swiftly.
The strength of Nehemiah’s plan did not reside in wealth or engineering, though they were important components. Instead, the key to rebuilding the city walls rested in effectively empowering the people. Nehemiah could not have executed his plan alone. It required the support and participation of every Israelite in the region.
As in the days of Nehemiah, the walls of our society are crumbling around us; in fact, many of them have been lying in ruins for decades. If we are to fulfill God’s command to rebuild our cities and restore our land, we must recognize that the work of each individual is essential. Every man, woman and child has a responsibility to rebuild his or her own “section of the wall”. If they fail to accept this responsibility, the work will not be accomplished, or if it is, it will not be done as quickly or as well as it might have been.
Salt & Light Global desires to see the walls of our society rebuilt well, so that they may withstand attacks and continue to exist for generations. To rebuild well requires an understanding of how to build and upon what foundation, i.e. First Principles. It also requires determination, commitment, and a spirit of excellence. Most importantly it requires a multitude of workers who act with this knowledge and character both to build and to defend their portion of the wall. As such, Salt & Light Global seeks to create and empower Bricklayers – individuals who intentionally work to rebuild the walls of their communities.
Bricklayers begin their work from a position of humble submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. By submitting their hearts and lives to God and His sanctifying work, they become the first level of the rebuilt wall. Moving upward and outward from themselves, they are able to build First Principles into their families, vocations, churches, and communities. They continue to work until every sphere they influence is transformed into the beautiful wall God originally intended.
There are many obstacles to rebuilding the walls around us, including fear of failure, lack of knowledge, and indecision. Yet Bricklayers recognize that these obstacles can and must be overcome with the truths of Scripture. They rest in the promise that God has provided all the materials needed to fulfill the tasks at hand.
How a Bricklayer rebuilds the walls will vary: caring for those who go to sleep hungry with inadequate clothing or shelter; advocating for those who wake oppressed, unable to exercise or vindicate their God-given human rights; hiring those who were recently incarcerated; adopting those who lack a loving family… The list is truly endless.
To help with the building, Salt & Light Global offers a growing collection of practical resources that demonstrate how a Bricklayer might implement First Principles into their spheres of influence. If you would like to contribute additional ideas and insights, please contact us.