Friday, April 17, 2009

Five Reasons

Some days it's easy to just live life.
You know, run to Walmart and stock your cart. Do a couple loads of laundry, pick up the kids from school, sit down to dinner, read a few blogs, take a nice hot shower. Just exist.
And then other days it hits me.
The burden on my heart is so heavy... and it is at those times where I can no longer ignore the voice of God.
He's calling, asking me to stay focused on him and not fall into the trap of every day living in America.
He wants me to wake up, listen and obey.
He's asking me to be His hands and feet.
And I know, without a doubt, that ordinary living is not okay anymore.
I know the scripture- and now I must ACT.

Five Reasons the Church Can’t Ignore the Plight of the Orphan Any Longer

Tim Nelson of World Orphans lists fives reasons the church can’t ignore the plight of the orphan any longer:

1. Scripture. James describes the care of orphans as being “pure and faultless religion.” The prophet Jeremiah laments that there are men among God’s people whose evil has no end. Their evil deeds are the sin of omission. They DO NOT plead the case of the fatherless to win it. “Should I not punish them for this?” he asks. The minor and major prophets declare that the Father hears the cry of the orphan, and the church, who has His heart, can no longer ignore that cry.

2. Missions. Our mandate as the church is to “go and make disciples.” If we were really serious about making disciples, we would start with the people group most ready to receive the gospel. Orphans are the #1 people group on the planet most ready to receive the gospel. Their cry is to be saved, cared for and loved by the kind of compassion that only the Savior brings. We must start seeing orphans as 143 million opportunities to make disciples for Jesus Christ. And let’s make sure these disciples have food, clothing, education and medical care. We are not doing our job if we don’t.

3. Terrorism. Terrorism grows out of poverty and in response to oppression. If the church were proactive and on the healing side of children’s lives in the poorest of places around the world, we would prevent the argument of terrorism from taking root in a potential recruits heart. The modern state has a military response to terrorism. The church is called to use other weapons - that of compassion and love. Caring for orphans is one of the best ways to proactively fight terrorism. Let’s lift the burden from the backs of these children, and offer a better way to live. If we don’t do this, someone else will offer the promise of life, and it may involve a gun.

4. Accountability. One day the church will be called to account for how we use our resources. When there are 143 million abandoned and orphaned children in the world and the church chooses NOT to respond, we stand exposed before a Holy God who demands justice. How is it even possible for the church - the redemptive community on the planet, called by God to be His hands and feet - and 143 million abandoned, orphaned children, without love or basic care, to exist on the same planet? We are without excuse.

5. Awakening. I see people waking up to the issues of justice and being on the healing side of problems in our one and only world. We need to see this world as a gift from a loving and holy God who desires the end to the abuse and abandonment of His children. We are created with the dream of beauty, wholeness, and justice, given us by God. When the church decides to act in harmony with God’s intentions, we find ourselves waking up to be the church God has designed us to be.


Chantelle said...

Keep on preachin' sister. The sin of APATHY is rampant in our churches and it breaks my heart.

Laurel said...

Great post! Well said!!!

mama of 13

Unknown said...

AMEN! Amy this is a powerful and beautifully written post!

Thanks for sharing your passion and His heart for orphans!

Hugs and love!
PS You won the book :)

Adeye said...

Oh my goodness, I am sooooo with you!!! I keep asking my hubby, "Is this IT? Is this ALL there is to this life? Surely not!" I just cannot be content to sit back and feel like I am doing nothing. I, too, cannot fall into the 'norm' of life here in the USA. You are so right, friend, it is so easy to go about our day and just kind of exist. It is so easy to just live.

There HAS to be more! There has to be more the church can DO!

Created For His Glory said...

Love this!!! I'm going to continue to spread it on my blog as well!

Laurel said...

I just put this video on my blog. Thanks!

mama of 13

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Wonderfully said. Thank you!

ps: I have news since we last chatted via email. Please keep us in prayer as we follow God's leading. :)

Michelle Riggs said...

Well said. I love this post!

Michelle Riggs said...

Well said. I love this post!

Unknown said...

Wow! That is a powerful video. Thanks for sharing.

darci said...

what a powerful post, and video. we are such a selfish society..