Monday, July 7, 2008

True Religion

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." (James 1:27; ESV)

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:14-17; ESV)

I read an article today that just about drew a few tears (which to those of you who know how easily I cry perhaps this is not so amazing). My tears, however, are quite warranted I think.

The amazing article tells the story of how a comment a father's daughter made, after seeing a mercedes stopped next to a homeless man on the curb, prompted them to sell their extravagant home to provide for those less fortunate than they. I've no idea if this family is Christian by confession, but their actions sure preach the Gospel and are Christian at the core.

While reading this article, please consider the thought process that prompted them to give the they did. What do you have that you don't need? Are you challenged at all by the teenagers response (notice the kind of lifestyle the teenager is used to)?

This is the sort of thing people in the Church should be doing! Rise up Church!

"The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
(Eze 34:1-4; ESV)

Now certainly this passage was speaking to the gluttons that were the religious leaders of Israel, but I think it applies to any of us who are Christians and have both spiritual and physical things to give to others. Let's not be Christian Gluttons!

The Revolution By Tree63

Who will feed the hungry if we don’t?
There’s people losing their lives ‘cos we won’t
If we believe but we still do not follow
Then maybe we don’t believe

If we could only love this world like we’ve been loved
Then all the world would know what love is really made of
We live in plenty, there is more than enough
For what the world needs, but not for our greed

Another world is possible yeah
Another world is possible yeah
The revolution’s far from over – it’s not over, it’s not over

Once upon a time a small seed
Died in the soil and became a small tree
Now it’s a forest still growing silently
And waterless earth turns green

Another world…

Full stomachs and both parents
and a church that acts like it really believes that the Good News
is is good news for everybody everywhere.