Thursday, March 16, 2006

Poverty & Bibles

I read a hilarious online article the other day entitled, "Poverty-Stricken Africans Receive Desperately Needed Bibles". This points to a key problem in the evangelical wing of the Church: we become so preoccupied with sharing the good news contained in Scripture that we sometimes forget to follow all the edicts of Scripture. In other words, the article may not be too far off the mark in terms of how we've strategized over the last century or so.

Conversely, a key problem on the leftist side of the Church has been a commendable desire to ease the physical suffering of people while failing to give proper attention to their spiritual needs. In this regard, certainly the left and the right need one another.

The article, intended as a joke, is a nice little sermonic reminder. The prophets are filled with commands to serve the poor...Jesus claimed to have come into the world to serve the poor, at one point even connecting our faithfulness in this area to our eternal destiny...and Jesus' brother James the Just powerfully reminds us of our mission to the poor.

It's great to give Bibles to those who are starving. But we ought to bring the Bibles with a meal or two or, even better, enough help to supply the needs of the starving.

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy. - Mother Teresa

3 comments:

answer-man said...

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Brett Probert said...

Keith, I wasn't sure if you got this message: Just trying to help!

Just dropped in to read your blog. We are reading what others have to say and are introducing ourselves as well. We are intoducing The new Holy Bibles King James Versions and New Living Translations and especially The New Children's Bibles on DVD and invite you to stop by and visit us at: **BibleMediaDvd.Com**

We hope you don't mind our comment on your site and do so repectfully.
Thank you and God Bless.

John said...

Good thoughts, Keith. Both service and evangelism are necessary. We cannot neglect one at the expense of the other if we are to be faithful to the mission of the church.