Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What Can We Do?

Here's some quotes from a book by Leslie Ludy (one of my favorite Christian authors):
(This is from her book Set-Apart Femininity the chapter I'm going to use is titled Sacred Claim)

"Modern Christianity goes out of it's way to convince us that the Christian life is all about us
The majority of today's Bible studies, sermons, and Christian books causes us to focus on what we are feeling, what we are needing, and what we are struggling with.  here is the publisher's description of that popular women's book Captivating.  "The message of Captivating is this:  Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation"  And what is mean by the term "your heart?" According to the author of the book,  "The heart is who we are.  The real self.  me.  My heart is me.  The real me.  your heart is you." 
So in other words,  you matter more than anything else in all creation. 
Do you matter more than the 143 million orphans around the world, starving, scared, abandoned, and alone?  Do you matter more than the millions of Latin American street children who hide in alleys and old buildings to escape the "death squads" of corrupt policemen who hunt them down for sport?  Do you natter more than the millions of elementary school-aged girls kept as slave prostitutes in South America?  Do you matter more than the millions of starving kids who live in dups and eat buzzard soup or dead dogs to survive?  Do you matter more than the countless African boys who have seen their parents killed and been forced to rape or kill to stay alive?  Do you matter more than the scores of six-year-old African girls who have been repeatedly brutalized and raped by HIV-infected men? 

While American Christians are preoccupied with healing their own inner wounds, being set free to be their true selves, and fighting to be notice and appreciated for their own unique qualities, staggering numbers of people around the world are living in such misery, squalor, and pain that we cannot even imagine. 

.... Their are 27 million slaves in the world today, which is higher than in the days of William Wilberforce or at any other time in history. 
We do not live in a world of peace and harmony.  There are urgent battles for injustice waiting to be fought.  There are countless human lives desperately waiting to be rescued.  There are millions of precious children facing unspeakable suffering.

....Most of us would be horrified at the thought of ignoring a cattle car of screaming Jews as they were hauled away to their deaths.  But we do it every single day when we turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the millions of destitute and dying who urgently need our help.  We do it when we spend all our living on self-indulgent pleasures instead of on rescuing abandoned children.  We do it when we go on luxury cruises instead of outreaches to the poor.   We do it when we have movie marathons instead of prayer vigils for the oppressed.  We do it every time we make our own comforts and happiness the priority.  We do it whenever we fall for the idea that we are the most important people in all creation. 

.....Our hearts are not the most important things in the world.  The Down syndrome boy in Mexico City who sleeps on the street and begs for ford is the most important thing in the world.  The nine-year-old girl whose virginity is auctioned off to a roomful of despicable perverts is the most important thing in the world.  The impoverished prostitute who lives in the gutter and sells her body fora fees coins a day is the most important thing in the world.   The African boy-soldier who is forced to become a killing machine at the age of ten is the most important thing in the world.
Scripture says that God is no respecter of persons.  In other words, He does not withhold the blessings of His kingdom based on our race, sex, or background (Galations 3:28)  All of us are valuable and equal in His sight.  However, there are some people who have His special favor.  There are some who are extra close to His heart.  They are the poor, the weak, and the outcast.  The ones whom the world treats as scum are the ones we are called to treat as royalty. 

....the world is absolutely flooded with those who are destitute of daily food and clothes.  About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations that's one person every three and a half seconds.  In Latin America and Africa, countless children are addicted to inhalants as a means of deadening their senses to their bodies' desperate cries for food.  in Liberia thousands of pregnant and young children pound rocks all day long on the side of a mountain and in the hot sun just to get one bowl of watery rice.   These people have a claim on your life.  They have a claim on my life.  They are a priority to Christ and therefore must become a priority to us.  If we are so preoccupied with self that we will not show the practical, life-changing, hope-giving love of Christ to them, our faith is dead."

This is sobering. What are we going to do?  We can't assume that someone is going to take care of the problem, we need to stand up.  When are we going to do so?  What is our reason for not doing so?  Why are we not doing so?  Isn't this our call in living a Christian life?  Why are we waiting?  Someday it is my goal to be able to stand before the throne of Jesus Christ and hear Him say, "Well don, my good and faithful servant, you have served me well."   How many people are going to spend an eternity in Hell if we don't do something?  How many innocent and beautiful children are going to perish if we don't do something?  This is a matter that the Lord has placed on my heart.  This is what troubles me,   if I don't do anything, who will? 


Anonymous said...

Powerful, girlfriend, and SO SO true!

Daily Bread

Anonymous said...

I've read 'Captivating' and it is true, I left the book feeling like I should be the most important person in the world, and like no one around me was giving me my due respect. It said nothing of anyone else around, but only of what 'my heart' needed.
A definate 'feel good' book.

I am so going to have to borrow this book from you!!

Daily Bread =)

Gramma said...

Fabulous reading sweet treasure of mine. What a great writing. So true, so sad and should energize us all to ACT in any and every way we can. We can all PRAY for those living such horrible conditions and PRAYER is powerful. Thanks for reminding us to pray and do what we can to help those poor dear children who have no one fighting for them, or loving them or caring for them. My heart hurts for each one in those situations.

WarriorPrincess4Him said...

Ah yes, now I'm seeing all the spelling and grammar mistakes. Lovely.