Make A Difference in 2011

I recently had a thought posed to me that went something like this: “We look back and judge the church for its apathy during the time of slavery, but how will those in the future judge us as the church today for our apathy while 1 billion people in the world are starving?”  Those are not the exact words, and it was a longer statement, but that is the bottom line of what was being asked of me.  I have to admit, the question shook me.  In fact I have not been able to stop thinking about this question.  I started looking up some other information and my uneasiness did not improve.  Estimates are that 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, millions are still trafficked in slavery today, over 10 million die each year from diseases that would only take one shot to prevent, there are 145 million orphans and 2 million children are exploited in commercial sex trade every year.  Now another question, “What will YOU do to Make A Difference in 2011?”

I emphasized YOU in the question because it is us, as Christians that make up the church.  How will we then, as Christians that lived during a time of such horrific injustices, be remembered by our children and grandchildren?  Will we say, “well the numbers are too big…what can I do?” and then do nothing.  Will we pay another $200 to go to another conference to “worship and seek God”?  Will we talk about how terrible the injustices are and then go on about our lives the next day like they were gone?  Or will we as Christians chose to fight.  Fight for what is right.  Fight against the evil in the world.  So that at the end of our lives, like Paul, we can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Tim 4:7

We are the wealthiest, most educated and technologically advanced Christians that have ever lived.  We have the best medicines and most food we have ever had and the ability to get it anywhere in the world within 24 hours.  In other words, we have never been in a better position to do what Jesus called us to do, when he said, “…Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matt. 22:39  We only have to make the decision to get involved and not accept these injustices as “just the way the world is”.

Jesus said in the 25th chapter of Matthew, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”   I believe that Jesus was saying that if you want to seek Him and worship Him then reach out and help those in need.  You will never feel closer to God than when you reach out in love and serve another.  What will YOU do to Make A Difference in 2011?

– Chantz


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One Response to “Make A Difference in 2011”

  1. Allyn Cutts Says:

    Amen my Brother, and God Bless you and your family for your service.

    See you in a couple of weeks.


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