Then I watched this video. I will literally never forget what I feel right now. My mind has been changed. Probably my life. Do you have 9 minutes?
First of all, I’m guilty. I have read John 12:8 and always thought it to be kind of a hopeless proclamation of ongoing poverty. I’m done with that. Jesus, forgive me.
Secondly, I love prompting ideas and discussion. I love encouraging people to worship God because of His worthiness and beauty and mind-wrecking love for us. But I don’t like to get on this soapbox and scold. Can you bare with me today? Know that I speak this in love, and I’m preaching to myself, but it has to be said.
You and me… church people… we have let people die because of our indifference. It’s time to change your mind about the poor. Especially in this awesome, God-blessed country, where even in the toughest of times, we are surrounded by abundance. We can do this, Church, because God has given us EVERY RESOURCE needed to share our wealth and the love of Jesus with the world. The whole world.
Sell stuff. You’ve got more than you need.
Thirdly, I know that we don’t earn favor with God by doing more. I know that our hope is built upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and Him risen again. Grace alone, through faith in Jesus alone… That is the beginning and end of our hope. Don’t point a “works-righteousness” finger unless you’re convinced this challenge is somehow corrupting the gospel. Because it’s not. Serving the poor does not secure our favor with God, but it MUST be a result of it. “Faith without works is dead.”
I Timothy 2:14 has this to say: “Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ… gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”
Zealous? I haven’t been that word. I’ve been lazy, overwhelmed and faithless. I’ve been passive about people in extreme poverty. Passive. What’s wrong with me? Well, today I’m taking the NEXT verse in Titus seriously…
“Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
So I’m on this soapbox. Exhorting you, and maybe rebuking those who need it. We must not remain passive. Let’s go Church! Let’s break the bondage of extreme poverty – across the globe – in our generation.
But it doesn’t matter which organization we align with to fight poverty. What matters is that we actually do it.
“our passivity is killing people :: i’ll never forget this” by Joshua Skogerboe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.