The more I read the Bible, the more it terrifies me.
Because, yes, the main message of the Bible IS “Jesus loves me,” but that’s far from all it says.
The Bible also makes it VERY clear that if we consider ourselves Christians, we have a serious responsibility to care for those who are less fortunate, or there will be serious consequences for our inaction.
There are tons of verses on it.
These aren’t verses you’ll find in pretty pictures, on bookmarks or embroidered on Bible cases. They’re not verses we memorize and hang on our walls.
But they are verses that should make us weep, repent and take action.
Like Proverbs 28:27, which says:
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
Or 1 John 3:17, which says:
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Or what about Proverbs 21:13, which says:
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
The Bible makes it abundantly clear: As Christians, we have a responsibility to help the poor and needy. There is no excuse for us continuing to hoard more, more, more for ourselves while others around the world have next to nothing. It’s selfish, it’s self-centered and it’s wrong.
And yet, we do it all the time.
I mean, just look at the facts:
- An estimated 795 million people (1 out of every 9 people in the world) will go to bed hungry tonight.*
- One in three people in the world suffer from malnutrition.
- Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 can be attributed to malnutrition.
- Approximately 3.1 million children die from hunger-related causes each year — that’s about 6 children a minute or one child every 10 seconds.
That’s absolutely heartbreaking. These are children — babies — who don’t deserve it, and who don’t have any way of fixing it. Who are completely and utterly dependent on help that very well may never come.
Oh, and guess what else: Apparently Americans spend $60 BILLION a year on weight loss.
Because we have too much food. Because we have disposable income. And because we can.
After all, we have to look good for bathing suit season, right?
(Hey, I’m not judging. This totally includes me too. We have a fancy gym membership and I just bought new workout clothes the other day.)
Meanwhile, people – children – are literally dying because we can’t be bothered to help. We’re too busy acquiring our own American dream.
But, what if we changed that?
*A special thanks to Food for the Hungry for sponsoring this post.
It’s Time to Wake Up, People.
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get really tired of complacent Christianity.
The kind that says:
- “Oh, I said a prayer when I was a little girl, so I’m good.” OR
- “I go to church on Sundays and read my Bible sometimes… when I remember… so I’m good.” OR
- “Well, we’re saved by faith – not by works – so since I believe in God, I’m good.” OR
- “Well, compared to other people… I’m doing alright.”
Because when you look in the Bible, that’s not what Christianity is all about. James 1:27 says:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
So, why aren’t we doing that??
Why are children literally starving to death while we throw out our leftovers because they get old before we get around to eating them?
Yeah, I don’t know about you, but that’s not a question I want to be asked at the Pearly Gates.
Introducing: Hunger Sunday
So, I’ll tell you what: Let’s make this the week we do something about it.
This Sunday, May 7th, is Hunger Sunday – a day created by the Christian non-profit organization Food for the Hungry in order to increase awareness about global poverty and child sponsorships. And, it’s the perfect time to take action.
So, let’s do it.
Here’s what *I’m* going to do:
I will be spending the day fasting and praying, asking God to break my heart for the things that break His, asking Him to reveal more of His plan to me (specifically, what part He wants my family to play in it), and asking Him for the courage to help us follow through.
And I’m going to sponsor a child — maybe two. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years and years and just never got around to. But I’m tired of the excuses and complacency.
It’s time to take action.
So, that’s what I’m going to do – What are YOU going to do?
Will you turn a blind eye?
Say, “Oh, that’s so sad” or “Oh, that’s so convicting!” but then continue on with your life like nothing has changed?
Or are you ready to take action too?
What is God calling you to today? Will you obey?
Here’s How You Can Help (It’s Easy)
Click the button above and donate today. It’s that simple.
And honestly, it really should be that simple. God was not unclear about this. As Christians, we are expected to help take care of the poor and needy. End of story.
So if you feel led to sponsor a child, sponsor a child. There are TONS of children out there who desperately need your help. And the $35/month you honestly probably won’t even miss could very well be the difference between life and death for a small child in a relatively hopeless situation.
Isn’t that worth giving up one night out to eat a month? Making one less trip to Target for junk you don’t need? Hanging on to last year’s perfectly good swimming suit instead of buying a new one?
I think so.
Or, if you really, truly cannot afford $35/month, then give whatever you can. It’s perfectly fine to give a smaller, one-time donation if you truly can’t afford a monthly commitment. The Lord knows your heart, and He knows your true priorities.
The questions is: Do you? And are they what you say they are?
Donate today. You’ll be glad you did, AND you just might save a life in the process.
Hunger Sunday is THIS Sunday! Will you be participating? How?
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