Ok friends, just so ya know I’m not all that political and what not. But I’ve been seeing a load of posts from many different Christian friends about the government lately. Things like how dare our gov’t send money/resources/help to people in need over sees when we have needs right here. Well there may be some sort of valid point in there, but I don’t think it’s really fair to roll all the blame onto the gov’t. Especially one that isn’t run by God fearing people. I think at a certain point we need to stop blaming our government for every bad problem in our world. We (especially Christians) as humans need to be rising up and taking care of those who have been forgotten by “the system” this has been an issue since the dawn of time. It’s Jesus who came to heal, restore and bring life. And when he ascended back to heaven he gave us the authority to do those things through the Holy Spirit. So the amount of need around us and the lack of solutions would imply that we too can be held responsible for the lack of filling in the gap. It’s when we pass the homeless on the street and think to ourselves, “I would help them, but they’d just use the money for drugs/alcohol.” It’s when we see the elderly that have been left behind and we choose not to help them, visit them or even listen to them. It’s when we encounter a veteran and we do nothing to show our appreciation for their sacrifices.
It’s Jesus who said:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ – Matthew25 34:40
In this passage Jesus is clearly saying that there will be those who get overlooked and ignored. It’s our job as His sheep to see those who get overlooked and ignored. Because we could just as easily say that the American Church is too busy helping those across the planet instead of helping those here. But the fact of the matter is this: We are all part of one body. Whether we live in Africa, Asia or America. There are those of us called to missions over seas but there are also those of us who are called to missions in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our state and so on. It’s important to know who you are in the body and serve there as if your serving Jesus, because you are. Whenever you do these things for the least, the overlooked, the ignored and the forgotten, you are doing them for Jesus.
Right now I’m called to serve in my home, I have two little girls that need me to teach them who they are in God’s Kingdom. Sometimes I feel like I need to be out there in the world doing great things for God instead of sweeping up cheerios, kissing booboos, and mediating between two sisters. But that’s not the season I am in. Right now I am a homeschool mom of two young children, and a wife of a work-from-home husband. God needs me to raise these girls up to be confident in who He says they are. He needs me to cook dinner and sweep the floor. He needs me to show these girls that when Jesus is in us everything we do is Holy and we do everything for Him. No matter the job, we will do it like we are doing it for Jesus. Where are you called to in this season? Is it bringing a hot meal to the elderly widow down the street? Is taking your extra clothing to your local homeless shelter? Is it paying a visit to your local nursing home and just listening to the stories of those who have come before us?
So yeah, maybe the government isn’t providing for all the needs of people right here in our own country….. But that’s why God made you!