08 Sep Why We MUST Help
Have you ever learned about atrocities to believers in other parts of the world and wondered why you were put here and they were put there? Have you considered why they are being persecuted for their faith in Christ while we sit here claiming to follow Jesus in all of our comfort with our #firstworldproblems? This is why.
I posted nothing on my website this week. That’s right, nothing. Over the week every one of my kids got sick on a different day, and to top those fun times off, we lost internet at the house for several days.
Naturally, I was feeling stressed, behind and frustrated. Then we got our internet back and the first image I saw was the dead body of little 3-year-old Aylan lying face down on the beach, the tide still lapping at his head.
All I could see was my little boy, lying there all alone in the sand, lifeless.
It. Broke. Me.
After reading this article, I started to get why it was hitting me so hard. “And I remember sitting in these tents talking to these people whose lives were not dissimilar from mine. They had jobs, and cars, and houses, and kids in college. This wasn’t the conflict of an already impoverished country facing worse suffering. This was a conflict of middle-class people experiencing horrific things.”
That could be my little boy on that beach.
“ISIS has price lists for their slave markets that characterize the slaves by religion and by age. And so you can buy a Christian or Yazidi girl from one to 9 years old for $170.”
That could happen to my little girls.
We are connected. We are one body in Christ. If part of our body is hurt, broken and suffering, we should feel the pain. We cannot ignore it, thinking it will just go away. We cannot slap a band-aid on it and call it a day.
Why are we scattered among the earth, some suffering and some not? Because though we are all part of the same body, we all have different purposes to make the body work and keep it functional.
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”- 1 Corinthians 12:17
So if part of our body is in excruciating pain, being broken and utterly destroyed, we must rise up as the strong members of the body. We must stand together and stand firm. We must be persevering in our faith, unwavering in our prayers of supplication for our brothers and sisters. We must be boldly proclaim the gospel by being the hands of feet of the body of Christ.
A very large portion of our body is in desperate need. Our great commission from Jesus Himself is to go and make disciples of all nations. Nothing speaks more powerfully than our actions.
Go be the hands and feet in action. Find out many ways you and your church can help here: