Serve the World: Christmas Offering – Pt. 1
I think that video is all too indicative of our world today! (If you didn’t watch it – invest 5 minutes & do so) There’s something very wrong with us as a people and as a society! What do you think God is thinking when He sees us acting like that? About 3 years ago God began to really open my eyes and breaking my heart to the conditions that so many people in our world live in. Not just their physical needs – but also their spiritual needs. But reality is – that it’s very hard for people to focus on their spiritual needs when they’re starving to death – when their children are dying of diseases.
2 years ago I was at the gym working out – when a guy who knew I was a pastor approached me… The cyclone in the Myanmar had just happened – 50,000 people died… And another 50 to 100,000 people were expected to die – because they lacked the basic necessities of life – to survive the aftermath of the storm. And as so many people do – this guy was blaming God. He comes to me & says – “How could you believe in a God who would allow that to happen? If God is real – why doesn’t he do something about that?”
He went on and on – I listened for a while – and finally I put down the weights – I turned to him – and said – “God did do something about it!” He looked at me very perplexed and I said – “God created you and me and the other 7 billion people on this planet – and instead of sitting around and complaining and blaming God – God created each of us to get off of our fat happy lazy butts & go do something about it!” And with that – he lowered his head – and walked away.
In America alone – we spend more on entertainment each year – than it would cost to eradicate Malaria & other diseases throughout the world. In America alone – we spend more on hair products & make up each year – than it would cost to than it would cost to feed every man, woman, & child on the planet. But it’s because of our own human greed – selfishness – & irresponsibility that people are starving and dying of diseases all around the world. We won’t get off of our butts & go do something about it!
In Part 2 I’ll dive a lot more into this idea… But let me share with you something our church is doing this year. During the month of December we’re doing a “Serve the World: Christmas Offering“. This offering will help fund our church’s mission work in the Philippines, Haiti, as well as other local & global mission work we do for 2011. Please help us provide food, immunizations, medical care, mosquito nets, Bibles, & the love of Jesus Christ in parts of the world where the average family lives on less than $2 a day.
Our Eagle Pointe Preschool will be doing an “Angel Tree” this year, to help provide Christmas gifts for a bunch of kids at a Children’s Home we work with for battered & neglected kids, as well as, helping several families both inside & outside of our church pull off Christmas/meals/gifts this year. I’ll blog more about our “Angel Tree” real soon.
So, let me encourage you – before you dive head first into the Christmas shopping madness. Just say “NO!” to the greed, selfishness, extravagance, excesses, and debt this Christmas. Step back, take a deep breath, and ask yourself —– “Is this what Christmas should really be about?”, “Do my kids & others really need 20 new things this Christmas?”, “Does the way our society celebrates Christmas – even remotely resemble what a celebration of God’s Love coming to Earth 2000 yrs ago should look like?”
I’ll let you chew on that for a while – stay tuned for tomorrow’s “Serve the World: Christmas Offering – Pt. 2” – don’t miss it!
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