Biblical city transformation is not always welcomed by everyone in a city. Nehemiah experienced this as he directed the people in Jerusalem to build the wall to secure their city. They were met with stiff opposition from those who benefited from the status quo.
When our enemies heard that we knew their scheme and that God had frustrated it, every one of us returned to his own work on the wall. From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor. The officers supported all the people of Judah, who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. (Nehemiah 4:15-17 HCSB)
To finish their city transformation project, the people had to build with one hand and defend themselves with the other--a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other.
We understand that when our ways please the Lord, He is free to bless us. Oddly, even those who oppose God will benefit when our city is aligned with His ways. Matthew 5:45 reminds us “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (NKJV)
The “IAm4Tucson Story” illustrates what Christians in Tucson are doing to build with the trowel. Our taskforces are helping to rebuild Tucson to align with God’s plan. But this is not enough—just as in Nehemiah’s day, we must be prepared to stand up for righteousness as well when it is threatened in our city. We cannot do it without you! Please join 4Tucson, and be part of God’s plan for our city, in our day.