My granddaughter Angie and I got these cool T-shirts for our donation. I know that I will proudly wear mine.
It seemed fitting to have to shiver in the cold rain this morning as we attended an outdoor educational exhibition, FORCED FROM HOME, conducted by DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS. The world refugee crisis is beyond staggering… 65 million people… really??? The deprivation and desperation are unimaginable.
It is hard to say which part of the presentation hurt the most: the logistics involved with trying to help that many people in such dire need… the ignorance, hatred and cruelty that create their crises… the complex factors that exacerbate and prolong their agony… a world full of comfortable, apathetic people that spares no thought for them… those in power who merely abuse their plight for political ends… suffering of a kind that we have the means to ameliorate, yet it proliferates.
I was moved to tears to learn that people from urban areas like in Syria grab two things to take with them as they flee for their lives: cell phones (there is often reception in the camps) and… their keys. They leave expecting to get home again.
But my grieving began on the front end of the tour. Our guide explained the underlying principles for their organization:
That struck me. Christians (you know, those people that say they understand the Gospel?) should shine brighter than the rest when it comes to political neutrality, zero discrimination and just plain old compassion toward our fellow man. Our main purpose - our only purpose - is to represent the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember? He loved the WORLD so much that he died to save all who would believe.
How do we help people to find God? For many who know nothing about him, a Bible and a Gospel tract will not be enough. Face it: we should probably get a failing grade in our Great Commission class if we overlook the needs of the oppressed, the sick and the hungry.
"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be." Deuteronomy 15:7-8
"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" 1 John 3:17
Greg was raised near Milwaukee, WI. He has lived outside of the United States since 1976... first in Central America and, since 1982, in Cancun, Mexico.
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18
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