Monday, February 12, 2007
A friend of mine trying to raise support--amongst Christians mainly--for a group increasing awareness of child soldiers across the globe was meeting apathy at every turn. So naturally, he told us we needed to "wake the fuck up!!"
So perhaps the world is waking up a little bit today. CNN released a piece today concerning children forced to be combatants in conflicts across the world. This is an issue that's received a little more attention already in the last year thanks to the Invisible Children campaign. This movement has been focused particularly on the children forced to involvement in the rebel warfare in Euganda, but it certainly helps to raise awareness of the problem in general.
I think that Kasie was perfectly justified in his indignation towards our apathy. The church--people--cannot idly watch these atrocities, or others, continue as they have. Whether this, the (RED) campaign against HIV/AIDS in Africa, theHungersite.com, or any other of a number of such groups(see sidebar links for more), the kingdom of God must fight along side against the horrors that are constantly happening in our world. We are not called merely to preach or convert--far from it. Christ, while on earth, fed people; He healed the sick and lame. He met needs. So it was also with the church in Acts, sharing all things together so that none were lacking.
Christians, especially in day when we're so closely scrutinized, cannot afford to stop being the love and the hands of Christ to the world. This is one of our commissions, and indeed it is part of the Great Commission in that it is among the best ways we have to show Christ to the world.
"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
Kingdom work is not going to church or listening to Christian radio. It is working as Christ did, in the name of Christ. Loving people, and doing so in a more material way than is easiest or most convenient to us.