Still a man in need..

IMG_0544-1.JPGWhat’s going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I’m still a man in need of a savior

A little vintage DC talk for you. As seems to be the case with most of my posts i am writing this in the early hours of the morning sleep forever escaping me. It’s been a while since I wrote here. I’ve had a lot on my mind distracting me from writing or participating in any awareness/charity campaigns lately. The show Bones, the one about the forensic anthropologist that helps the FBI solve murders, had an episode that revolved around a trafficking ring this past week. I watched it tonight, there’s a scene where the open a trap door and there is a dozen or so women crammed in this basement where their trafficker was attempting to hide them. When the FBI throw open the door you see these scared dirty faces looking up. They even the details right, victims kept in slavery without physical chains but through psychological torture and fear for their families. Just a gentle reminder that the world needs people to care, needs people to make the time to care.

“We owe Christ to the world–to the least person and to the greatest person, to the richest person and to the poorest person, to the best person and to the worst person. We are in debt to the nations.” (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream)
Read more: http://www.faithandentertainment.com/27-top-david-platt-quotes/#ixzz3ISnBRcwy

I find it hard to argue with David Platt. Radical is still the most life changing book I’ve read about Christianity. Everything he says is convincing and powerful. the call to a radical Christianity where we truly abandon ourselves for the cause and take the gospel to places where we would never go, where we would fear to go.

Christmas approaching makes me think of trafficking. Last year the only gifts I purchased were from a free trade website called ten thousand villages. As the shopping season waits to explode all that’s on my mind is the many things purchased everyday that come as a result of trafficked labor.

“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream)

While there are still so many in bondage, we must remember to fight. Our lives are meant to be given up for the cause. In the early days of our faith executions were common, in some parts of this world that still happens. In some places in our modern world, Bibles are forbidden. If Christians in those troubled times and places can sacrifice and struggle for the faith, the very least we can do is not forget their sacrifices. We can remember the persecuted, the poor, the trafficked, the hopeless. We can remember that our fellow man suffers. And we can fight to break the chains.

“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” -Radical

because He would dine with the Saint and the Sinner

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

Saint Augustine

 

You’re probably going to be getting a lot of quotes from Saint Augustine.  A missions group I follow on FB called the World Race had a quote from him earlier and when I looked him up, he had amazing things to say in his time and I predict his books will be appearing on my shelves shortly.  This particular quote sits on heavily on my heart as I still feel like I should be doing something more.  I’m really considering the World Race next year.  The World Race is a yearlong mission trip that completely pulls you out of your comfort zone and takes you through 11 countries (which countries vary by date and route selected).  I’ve been thinking about the race for the past 5 or 6 months.  The route that seems to be calling me is July 2015, route 3. Through these countries:
India, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica
I have never in my life left the United States and I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever even really wanted to leave.  I discovered the World Race after reading the book Radical by David Platt (I really recommend reading this book).  The book is amazing and ever since I read it I’ve known I had to do more.  This route takes you through countries that suffer heavily in the trafficking area which is why it seems to me to be an ideal place to start. 

 

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
Saint Augustine

I still find it so easy to forget the troubles of this world.  As Christians we should be actively seeking the chance to help the world.  Christ’s final act on earth was to tell us to go into the world.  Throughout the Bible it is made clear over and over the attitude of love Christians should have.

Ezekiel 16:49 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

1 John 3:17-18 if anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Our hearts should be breaking for the world.  There is that popular praise and worship song… “Break my heart for what breaks yours, everything I am for your kingdom’s cause.”  These are shockingly powerful words.  Break my heart for what breaks Yours? Can you imagine having the heartbreak of the world poured out upon you?  Every bit of suffering God sees and feels.  Every victim, every tear.  We should be outraged and we should be doing more we should be taking action to help the poor, the needs, the victims.

 

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
Saint Augustine

 

As a side note David Platt: the sermon is long but really amazing. It is on the danger of worldly desires and is the best/most important sermon I have ever heard.