Saturday, March 24, 2012

Do we really have it right? When will we know?

 The ladies of Severn Covenant Church (myself included) are doing the Kay Arthur study of Amos.  I've been thinking a lot this past year about the state of things in the world and I'm concerned.

I've been wondering:  What if we are getting it wrong?  I've spent plenty of time in worship singing songs asking God to help me love others like Jesus, asking Him to give me eyes to see others like He sees them, and all I can wonder is:  do my actions reveal anything of the sort?

 The new song by Casting Crowns - Jesus, Friend of Sinners - mentions that there is no shortage of people who wonder was Christians are against, but how many really know what we're for?

Amos 5 is a funeral dirge in which Amos says that people are praying for "the day of the Lord" but he warns them that they might be disappointed when it arrives because they may find that they are not going to end up on the side they think.  If all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, then I have to think that these verses are too.

46.2 million people in the United States live in poverty.
     Over half of the world's entire population lives on less than $2.50 per day.
     About 1 billion people lack access to clean water.
     There are nearly 27 million people in modern-day slavery today.

 With these numbers,
 how can I sit back,
day after day,
drinking my nice, clean water,
in my nice, warm house,
with my children who nice and safe,
while we probably throw out
more food a day
than some people will see
in a week
and think that I
will not be held accountable,
to think that I will not have to
answer for this
when I stand before the Lord?

And in light of the Amos 5 scriptures, I ought to be humbled to my core, ashamed to let myself get so complacent, and so apathetic to the cares of so many of God's children. 

 If we are all created to be in relationship, if we are all really connected, since we have the same Creator, shouldn't it bother me that there are people not 30 miles from me, in the heart of DC, who do not know from where they will receive their next meal?

I have to wonder...  if we are all really connected, then shouldn't it break my heart that there are people in the world who don't have even half of what I have?

Just one of the things I'm thinking about today.......

As usual, thanks for your indulgence,



  1. You should check this out, it's unbelievable! - States are starting to ban feeding the homeless, right here in the US.

  2. Thanks for that Jamie. I'm definitely going there. Right now!