Sunday, December 22, 2013

Let Fellow Christians Burn - But Let It Snow!

The other day a local  newspaper article jumped out at me.  One of our local churches here in south Florida is shipping in 30 tons of snow for Christmas.

 
 
I've got nothing against having fun.  But I do have something against wasting money. Especially when that money could be used to aid persecuted Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, India, Pakistan, China, Laos, Vietnam, and other countries wherein Christians are being displaced (homes burned), raped, tortured, starved, and murdered.
 
When Jesus separates the sheep from the goats, what will be his criteria for picking who goes into what "pen"? Jesus told us - it's in Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus said to the sheep:
 
"For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me...Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."
 
By the way, what happens to the sheep and the goats?  The sheep go the heaven (God's kingdom), and the goats go to hell ("the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.") And by logic, or by reading the rest of the passage, the goats are the ones who didn't reach out to the least of these.
 
Taking offerings at a church and spending them on imported snow is akin to taking taxes from hard working citizens and using it to fund abortions - both are cases of using money for things that cause (or fail to prevent) the death of human beings (either outright or indirectly).  And both are cases of taking money from people who would probably like their money used in a better way.  To be fair, maybe this church isn't using offerings to pay for the snow, maybe the pastor is using his own money.  Still, it could be used to save lives, or help those in real need.
 
In case you hadn't heard, there's this pastor dude in jail in Iran, pastor Saeed Abedini.  He's been there for a long time, and is suffering for the name of Christ.  He's an American citizen.  His family is here in America, pleading with our government to help him - but they're too busy lifting sanctions and encouraging Iran to continue their journey toward wiping Israel, and Christianity, off the map.
 
What can American, rich, Christians do with their "excess" money?  Give it to ministries that help our persecuted, starving, abused brothers and sisters.  What can we do with our time? Write our representatives and ask them to stand up for pastor Saeed and countless other Christians in Muslim countries - the Christians that are right now being raped, beaten, forced into marriage with Muslim savages, starved, hunted, and killed like dogs, as we sled on imported snow in south Florida. These are the same Muslim countries, by the way, that our government is partying with and giving planes, guns, tanks, and money to.
 
It hurts to see this kind of thing going on, kind of like it hurts when I see the animal rescue commercials, with soft Irish music in the background, showing poor little animals with their sad eyes.  Yes, I feel for those animals. And I'm sure that God does too.  But I'm also sure that God feels for his children much, much more. By the way (from Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger), many nations contain millions of people who suffer from malnutrition - especially from a lack of protein. Americans import 2/3 of the world's tuna.  And Americans feed 1/3 of that imported tuna to their cats.
 
Here are a couple of links to good ministries that are out on the front lines, battling human trafficking, abuse, and suffering of our fellow believers, the least of these:
 
 
 
 
 
God bless you.
 
Enjoy your Christmas and consider helping someone (a real person) in need (I mean, really in need).
 
Your brother,
 
Bungus

2 comments:

  1. I Live where it snows in NY and have been to Journey Church and what a way to reach out to so many people.... I think its wonderful!!! My daughter is a missionary to third world countries and Journey church supports her and many others in many areas. It is a VERY GIVING FELLOWSHIP.... I know a few of the people that go there and many are not wealthy "RICH CHRISTIANS" as you have stated...and they help them and many give out of there lack. Many people have never seen snow and my grandsons miss snow. I think it is an amazing reach out to bless people in other ways..." A happy/cheerful heart is good medicine Proverbs 17:22 Inspiring to Love, Shelleymae

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    1. Hi Shelleymae, thank you for your thoughtful comment. I agree that Journey church is a good church in many ways - I have friends who attend there. And I don't doubt they are generous in giving. Maybe I shouldn't have singled them out by name...The aim of my post was to get people to think about the urgency of some of the needs in the world that should trump our fun and games (especially expensive ones) here in the western church. The needs have grown even more dire since the writing of my post and although I am a hypocrite as far as being Christlike goes, I am more awake now to the real needs (Matt 24) around me that surpass my own. Have a blessed Christmas and God bless you.

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