Thursday, December 1, 2011

If we are the body..

I've been considering this post for a while now.  I know it won't be popular with a lot of people.  But I've come to realize that many things that aren't popular with this world are popular with Jesus.  I can't tell you the number of times lately I've heard foreign missionaries cry out for help.  Churches are taking away funds, sending less people. They are being the hands and feet of Jesus. With the current economic woes, many large and small US churches have resorted to the "save our own" mentality. Since when is it ok for Christians to say where you live depends on if you live? These men, women, and their children are spreading the gospel.  They are working with people who are the least of these, places most of us would never dream of living. And the truth of the matter is that the poorest of our poor is rich to those in Third world countries.  Our poor and desolate have access to homeless shelters and places with warm food and running water. They have shoes. How many times do you see this in America?

 Jesus didn't say, "Go, make disciples of all Americans."    Don't get me wrong.  I love the US.  I am proud to live in a nation like ours.  But churches and Christians need to step up and start living up to what they preach.  I am sure there are other areas in church budgets that can be cut and trimmed that would allow more giving.  I am sure there are more areas in our own budgets that can be trimmed to sponsor a child, sponsor a pair of shoes, help build a medical clinic.  The question is, will you do it?

I read an article in People magazine yesterday.  A Jewish celebrity was interviewed.  Before we go further let me just say I have nothing against the Jewish faith, or any other faith for that matter.  I just don't agree.  This celebrity said her family celebrated Hanukkah but she didn’t want to rob her children of Christmas and Santa.  Most people wouldn’t have a problem with this statement.  Many people, some of my family included, go out and spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on items that will end up in next summer’s garage sale.  Materialism in this country has reached a peak, and we are using a holiday that celebrates our Lord’s birth to do it.  I can tell you one thing.  Santa comes to our house each year.  My son doesn’t know much about this Santa character. Because a fictional character is all he is. But he does know about Jesus.  He asks to read about Jesus most nights.  And for that I am thankful.  Christmas in our house will be slim this year.  I spent less than $100 on my son.  And he will never care. Our present is knowing Christmas next year will be with a sweet smiling Mocha princess from the Congo that will make us a family of 4. 

I encourage you to visit my sweet friend Christie Magera’s website and see what she and her family are doing for the Lord.  Can you spare $10 this year? Maybe even $20 or $50.  Please know it is going to an amazing cause.  Sometimes I feel like no matter where I go in this world I don’t fit in.  Our church isn’t missional enough, our family doesn’t understand our values, and the world doesn’t understand where we stand.  That’s because this is our temporary home.  We were made for so much more.  What will you do to take a stand?