Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I've been reading the book Radical by David Platt (if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it!) and I read a part that was really good. It said, "Caring for the poor is one natural overflow and a necessary evidence of the presence of Christ in our lives. If there is no sign of caring for the poor in our lives, then there is reason to at least question whether Christ is in our hearts."

Then it went on to say that if we were to see a man who was sexually immoral, and was always participating in sexual activity we multiple people, wouldn't we question whether or not he had Christ in his heart?

A couple paragraphs later is said, "So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity, and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves the social norm in the church."

How sad is it that this kind of sinning is acceptable in the church? And not only is it acceptable, it is
normal for us to not take care of the poor!

But what if you were to change that? What if you stepped out in faith and took care of the poor? What if you did something that wasn't normal?Because this life is worth it.

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