Sunday, January 12, 2014

Walking the Talk - January 12, 2014

Galatians 6:2 (New International Version)
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


It has been a tough several years in this country. Jobs continue to be lost, and many remain underemployed. For others, financial pressures have broken up families. The number of people on some type of government assistance is the highest ever, highlighted by the fact that over 47 million are on food-stamps alone.

Food pantries are empty and shelters are full. Those who have lost their homes is the worst since the Great Depression, and there are more homeless on our nation's streets than ever before. Although those on Wall Street and who are  invested in the stock market are doing seemingly well, the over printing of our money has created a false sense that everything is going well, and those who are rich have gotten richer still. But under the surface, over 76% of the American people are living paycheck-to-paycheck. The slightest upset in their situation will get most people into financial trouble.

To add to this, there is growing spiritual poverty in our country as well. More and more people are lost and have no where to turn to relieve the stresses and pressure of their lives. Depression, anxiety, addiction, compulsive behaviors (over-eating, excessive gambling, spending, etc.) and substance abuse are also soaring. Fewer people are attending church, fewer people believe in absolute truth(versus relative truth, meaning "what's good or bad is up to me, not God"), and fewer still hold the morals and values that we all assumed were "sacred" just a few short years ago. All you need to do is tune into the mainstream television stations any evening between 7PM and 10PM, and you will see things that you need to definitely hide from your children and grandchildren.

The times are hard, but the relief is close to everyone. It is times like these that the church of Jesus Christ can be at its finest. As believers, we are to be the "hands and feet" of Jesus. We are to be those who provide help and assistance, along with the hope and grace that are available through a commitment to God's gift of Jesus. Our eyes need to be open to opportunities to help, and our hands need to be open to share in the blessings that God has given us. If someone you know is in need of a helping hand, now is the time for you to be what you have been called to in Christ. Now is the time for you to pick up your brother or sister and let them see Jesus through you.

In addition, now more than ever God calls us to "walk the talk"; we need to be His examples of purity, and His witness of what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We need to start in our own families, and then move into to the communities in which we live. We need to be involved in our churches, schools and public places, and by all means, we need to hold our elected officials to a much higher standard of morality and compassion. Only then will we be able to turn things around. We have already seen what dependence in the government and the economy does to our society. Isn't it time we demonstrated what millions of true Christians can do?

Photo "Baby's Hand", 6-22-2008 from pdphoto.org

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