Here’s Our Chance

Today is Halloween, which happens to be one of a long list of things Christians disagree about.  At our house we carve a Jack-o-lantern and hand out candy, relegating the holiday to a children’s event only.  We have good friends that turn off all their lights, go to bed early, and complain that people still knock on their door.  Christians disagree on celebrating Christmas, voting in elections, serving in the military, consuming alcohol, and even the use of caffeine.  How Christians feel about _______ always depends on which one you ask.

Hurricane Sandy may go down in history as the worst weather-related disaster in our nation’s history.  This is our chance to be the body of Christ.  More than teaching rhetoric, Jesus taught his disciples to go and do.  “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” -Matthew 10:42  Jesus preached sermons and taught lessons, but he also empowered the Apostles and sent them out in pairs.  He also healed the sick, raised the dead, feed the hungry masses, witnessed to the Samaritan woman at the well, and washed the disciples feet.  The Old Testament prophet Isaiah and the New Testament epistle of James agree on what the true value of religion is, and this is to feed and care for those who cannot care for themselves (in their culture widows and orphans).

Discussing the Gospel is great.  Sharing our financial resources, taking time to load a truck, traveling to those places to lend a hand is much greater.  This is our opportunity to demonstrate that God’s church is not inside a building.

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3 thoughts on “Here’s Our Chance

  1. Let me add this: All the news media outlets are covering this story, and the Red Cross, Salvation army etc. will be getting donations as a result. In the coming weeks and months other stories will make news and this event will fade into the background. If your church, youth group, whatever can make plans to travel during Thanksgiving or collect toys/ household items to send for Christmas that would be great as well. There will be opportunities for the next year or more, so if you make long term plans you may actually do more good next year than next week.

  2. Good point in that comment Clark. It is not just the immediate response that is felt. Needs linger long after the cameras turn their eyes away from the scene!

  3. A great word for us Clark. I love the title, “Here’s Our Chance,” and the conclusion “to show that the church is not inside a building” is spot on. I’ve become a big fan of the Salvation Army (promotion), and we want to support them, but also find a creative way to make use of “our chance.” …thinking

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