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Why Bother? It’s All Going to Burn Anyway.

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John Acuff at the Stuff Christians Like blog had this humorous post about using “we live in a fallen world” as an excuse to not do anything to make a difference in the world around us.

One of the things we try to reinforce to the kids every week is that they are called to change the world around them for the better as they follow Christ. It’s encouraging to talk with more and more children’s ministry people who are doing the same all over the place.

I remember growing up and hearing the mantra that the world is just gonna get worse and worse until Jesus comes back and then it’s all gonna be destroyed and we’ll get to go to heaven. Living with that mindset allows you the excuse to not waste much time in helping people or improving society… we have to focus on winning people to Christ because it’s all going to burn!

What’s missing from this worldview is that we are told to pray, “Thy Kingdom come ON EARTH as it is in heaven.” We are told to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and free the oppressed. We are told to care for the widows and the orphans. The second part of the greatest command is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

As we look through scripture, yes, we are told to make disciples but there are more admonitions to care for those in need. We need to do both. Simply saying, “We live in a fallen world,” focusing on being a “better Chrisitan” and turning a blind eye makes us no better than the religious leaders who left the man to die in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

3 Responses to “Why Bother? It’s All Going to Burn Anyway.”

  1. jabberfrog July 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    This is an interesting point. I also grew up learning that all I have to do is have faith… everything is supposed to go downhill… we live in a fallen world. And in many ways these sentiments are true. We do live in a broken world that will increase in brokenness as time passes.

    However, I think the thing we miss is that our source of life as we travel through this broken world is found in feeding the poor, clothing the hungry and housing the homeless. Our source of life is in communion with God praying His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. It's in being the connection between His wholeness and the worlds brokenness.

    And you're right… making disciples and caring for those in need are not mutually exclusive. You can't do the former without the latter.

    Good thoughts, Henry. Thanks for sharing

    • henryjz July 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

      Thanks for the added thoughts Gina. We have to stop using the world's brokenness as an excuse to not do anything to make things better. It's our job to help people see what a non-broken world is supposed to look like, and I think we forget that too many times. It causes us to place ourselves in uncomfortable situations, and that isn't fun.

  2. Desiree July 13, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Agreed. We should not ignore all those things.

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