True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr
Humility is one of those words that seems embarrassing in this market-driven age. The meek might inherit the earth—eventually—but not right now.
It is said that successful people do not write good poems.
The 19th century Christian William Temple counselled his congregations to avoid the sort of obsessive religious humility that “consists in being a great deal occupied about yourselves’’.
“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people. It means freedom from thinking about yourself, one way or the other, at all,’’ he said.
There was no greater example of humility than Jesus Christ who “although born rich, became poor’’.
Born amid the dung in a stable, a humble carpenter for most of his life, homeless during his ministry and dying naked on a cross, he placed himself on a very human level.
He expressed, in human terms, the stress he faced via his temptation in the wilderness, and his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The lesson is that sometimes one must go as low as possible to find God.
Why are we not more upset about the injustices perpetrated against the poor in our world?
Let me make that question a little less comfortable; why am I not upset about the injustices perpetrated against the poor in our world?
It seems to me that God is not too happy with people mistreating others just because they can’t defend themselves. God doesn’t let us off that easy. He tells us in Proverbs 21:13
‘Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.’
When we silently stand aside and watch the defenseless abused, God is not likely to defend us. Consider that God sent His son, Jesus, as a Savior to those that could not help themselves. That same Jesus asked us to follow Him and His example, yet we do little to care for those that have nothing.
Is anybody else worried that one day God is going to say to us, ‘Yes, you were good to study my Word and spend time with the brethren, but what were you doing to care for the weak and needy? Why didn’t you clothe the naked and feed the hungry? Why did you do nothing?’ I hope God doesn’t tell me that He can’t see the face of His Son in me, because I was too self-centered to look out for the needs of others!
Please, don’t begin to immediately come up with reasons to get out of your responsibility before God!
Please, don’t beat your breast and say, ‘Yes, I need to do better!’ then walk away and do nothing!
Please, look for opportunities to make a difference, and show the world that you are a child of God, and that means that you will not tolerate abuse and neglect of the helpless!
Tell someone you are a Christian and they may automatically assume you are a closed-minded bigot, conservative capitalist, probably pro-war, certainly anti-gay and surely anti-feminist.
They may also assume you condemn others for their moral failures, are intolerant of other faiths and are likely to be humourless and intellectually challenged.
That aint me.
Science can’t cure what ails us. We can already feed the world’s population – we just don’t. Science cannot cure selfishness, greed and the darkness in a man’s soul… but faith can and does.
The verdict is in…
Science – valuable
Faith – priceless
This remarkable testament was found amidst the papers of a martyred African pastor.
I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past Is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future Is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face Is set. My gait Is fast. My goal Is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide Is reliable and my mission Is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch In the face of sacrifice or hesitate In the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander In the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!