It’s New Year’s Eve, and everyone is making resolutions for the new year. Personally I think this is silly and have no intentions of making some resolutions that I won’t even remember by the end of January. I do have a plan for the new year. I do have some goals I’ve set. But not resolutions.
But there is a place where I’d like to see some resolutions, a plan to change in the new year, and an announcement to the world about it. I’m talking about the church.
It’s time to call the church out, and for the church to stand up and quit hiding in the background. The time for being quiet and trying not to offend anyone is over. (Although I don’t think this time should have ever started.) Stand up and make your voice heard.
Jesus tells us that what we do for the least, we have also done for Him, and what we have not done for the least, we have not done for Him. (Matthew 25:31-46) It’s time to start doing. We are called to take care of the poor, the sick, the orphans and widows. Jesus did not tell us to have the government take care of them. He called the church, his people, to care for them.
Lets stop telling people about all the government programs they can qualify for and instead HELP THEM OURSELVES!
When we get a call that someone is hungry, instead of saying that they should sign up for food stamps, lets give them food. When we get a call that someone needs shelter, instead of giving them the names of all the government housing agencies, lets give them shelter. Lets open our homes, our hearts, and OUR CHURCHS!
Maybe we don’t need a new fancy building. Maybe we don’t need the newest, coolest audio system. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for the church to stand up and instead of sending people to the government, bring them to Jesus.
I want to be a part of a church that when they get a call that someone needs help they immediately move into action. When a single mom doesn’t have food to feed her children, instead of telling her how to apply for food stamps, we deliver food. When a job is lost and the heat is going to be turned off, lets be ready to make sure that home stays warm. And when someone has fallen behind in everything and is going to be out on the streets with no where to go and they call us, lets have a safe place for them to stay.
I’m tired of the church saying that they’re sorry but here’s the number for food stamps, WIC, section 8 housing. If the only place we have to let people stay when they call asking for help is the sanctuary, lets move the chairs out of the way and set up cots.
There are more and more people depending on the government to get by. Let’s start taking care of our own and anyone else who calls us for help. How discouraging must it be to call the church for help and be told to call the government? Or that the church can help, but you need to fill out a form and we can’t do anything until the next elders meeting in 3 weeks? When people are hurting and searching and need help, let have that help ready in a moments notice.
“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:35-36
It’s time for the church to step up. Jesus just called and you told him to sign up for food stamps.