It’s the day before Christmas (I think calling it Christmas Eve-Day is awkward) and I see an article from CNN regarding the new generation of megachurches. These are absolute monstrosities, and at the very least, are examples of bad stewardship of resources. I’m not writing to bash megachurches (though I could go on about Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, or social justice adherents or seeker-sensitive preachers), but I was reading the comments in response to the article where I saw the usual atheist propaganda.
I get frustrated when unbelievers twist scripture saying that Christians aren’t supposed to judge, and Christians should be poor, and Christians are hypocrites because they presume we are not living a godly life. I’m not a rube, I know that there are many who just pay lip service to Christ while living their little hedonistic lives. The accusation is that we are charged to feed the hungry and clothe the poor. They are right as Matthew 25:35-40 is very clear that whatever we do to the least among us we are doing to Christ. We, as Christians, know (or at least should know) what we are supposed to do, and as I read the comments denouncing Christians, it appears that the belief of our responsibilities releases the unbeliever from any responsibility. Matthew 7:5 is clearly written for the Christian, but it would do unbelievers well to take the plank out of their own eye before they start pointing fingers.
Jesus says the poor will always be with us, but that does not release us of our responsibility. I say “our” loosely, because it should include Christians and non-Christians alike. I’m not saying that unbelievers do not care about their fellow man, it’s just the loudest ones appear to call foul on the Christian while doing nothing themselves. Further, social justice should not be the ultimate goal for the Christian. What is the point in feeding and clothing someone if you don’t share the Gospel? People die everyday with full bellies and without repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, that full belly was useless.
Let the unbeliever worry about social justice and saving the northern hairy-nosed wombat. Let us feed body and soul. Let us be a light in the darkness. Let us bless our enemies while they curse us and our King (Matthew 5:44). Let us be slaves to Christ and remember Mark 10:45–“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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