Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I’m Supposed to Save Who?

In many ways my church is evangelical... we want to go out and save as many people as possible. We want to show people the way to God, encourage them to take next steps, and train them to become mature followers of Christ. We want to grow the body of Christ... to make more and better disciples.

Why? Just so they can fill our seats at weekend services? So they can tithe ten percent to support God’s work? So they can be Godly examples to others? So they’ll know the “right” way to vote when it comes to abortion?

I’m doing my part. I work for the church. I tithe as I should. I am involved in a bible study and I pray for my unchurched friends... Wanna see?

Dear God, I pray for my friend so-and-so, that she will come to know and love you. I pray that she will be saved and come to church. I pray that she will become like me... that she will write blog posts about you, that she will model your love in her marriage, that she will sing in the choir and volunteer in the Sunday school nursery. All this, Lord, so that she can become Christ-like, like me and then pray for her friends to become Christ-like, like her. Amen.

rfarLately His replies are way off topic... “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82: 3-4


Come on God, you’re not serious... are you? You want me to go rescue afflicted, destitute orphans? Don’t you think me working for you, me tithing my ten, me leading a bible study, and praying for those in need is enough? Sheesh. Can’t I just pray that somebody else takes up that cross?

alinafeb2010-croppedAnd the King answered me, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me... Truly, I say to you, as you do to one of the least of these my brothers, you do to me.”
Mat 25:34-40

p.s. Oh Mel-an-ie, La la la la la...I’m not listening to you.
"Will God call you to lead a Bible Study while He calls others to adopt orphans? No. As long as there are orphans in the world, we are ALL called, because these children deserve to have a family and a chance at life; they need to know God loves them. If every Christian family in the United States adopted only one orphan, we wouldn't have an orphan crisis around the world, and many Christian families have room for one more child in their homes. I firmly believe EVERY believer is called to care for orphans unless you are aged out of the system, are financially limited or have a physical condition that prohibits you from adopting.....and in those cases, you can still help raise money to assist others in adoption.

Some of my words may be tough to digest, but I am sickened by the prejudice against the orphans.....especially the orphans with Special Needs. For goodness sake, they are children. They are children. They are children. They are children. We cannot turn our heads and pretend it is not our problem."

Ok, seriously Melanie, I am listening. In fact, the whole "Will God call you to lead a Bible Study while He calls others to adopt orphans?" line is what inspired this post.


Grizzly Bear said...

Alina is so precious. I cant stop thinking about her and Anastasia. They are so beautiful. I have been praying for all the beautiful children who need a home.

Great post!

Far Above Rubies said...

I don't know what to say except - you go places others do not dare to tread. It is why I keep coming back. I'm tired of the hypocrisy - in churches; in me; in people.


ashleypmo said...

Oh, this subject has so been on my heart lately. So many times, when I hear people say that caring for the orphans---either by adopting or by giving--- isn't their calling, what I hear is "I'm not willing to trade my comfort." I am so glad Jesus traded His comfortable gig in heaven being worshipped by angels to come live in a desert for 33 years, to give up his comfort and be betrayed and beaten and killed, to save my sorry orphaned soul.

For so long, I considered adoption an extreme act, something that would compromise my lifestyle. God couldn't possibly want me to compromise my lifestyle, right?

The Sanchez Family said...

I feel honored to answer God's calling and to teach my children, my family and my community that anything is possible. We can't wait to bring Sofia home!

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