The New Old News
What is the new old news?
John the Baptist was the first to preach repentance at the time of Jesus. People asked what they should do.
"John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11)
Now this is the new old news.
The main commandment of Jesus is: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13)
A lot of people's everyday life has become global. We eat food grown in another country. We wear a lot of cloth produced somewhere else. We use a lot of electronic devices made on another continent. In the news we get information from all over the world in real time.
But have we shared our extra shirt, extra food and extra stuff with the brothers and sisters who are in need and live on the same globe? My dear readers, there are churches in Africa which have so little and then there are churches in rich countries which have so much. Although information technology and the financial system is global, we have not practiced what John preached as we could have. A Christian in a rich country could go to a store nearby, use a money wiring service and within hours the brother in need in Nigeria would get the money.
Let us Christians show the world that we follow the one who was even willing to lay down his life for his friends. Let those of us who have a lot share with their Christian brothers all over the world who have too little.
We Christians are one family, we have one Father and the Bible compares the members of the church with a body. If an individual separates himself from others he seeks his own pleasure. But this is also true for a local church. If they say they can live without the other Christians and churches it is like the arm saying I do not need the leg. There is individual selfishness and there is also "local church selfishness". We Christians all over the world are one in Christ. We need to make sure that no church, wherever it is on this planet, has need while there are other churches having too much and spending it on luxury.
Allow me to say that this is a scandal. It is shameful and I am also ashamed when some Christians go on luxurious vacations and their very sister in Christ suffers pain because she cannot pay for a treatment in a Nigerian hospital. Now you say that we do not know about specific needs. We do not know because we have not spent much effort setting up a network which allows us to know right away. Many of us oftentimes use Facebook for exchanging useless information. Technically it is not a problem to set up a network where we share vital information about who needs what all over the globe.
The sad truth is:
"The poor are shunned by all their relatives— how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading,they are nowhere to be found. Proverbs 19:7
Jesus does not act that way . All humans who have received his spirit and live in his kingdom should also not live like that.
Let us make sure that not one of the children of God is in need while others have too much. Let us use technology to show the world how to live in a global society. Of course I am very well aware of what this means if you earnestly put this into practice. The Christians living in rich societies will have to lower their standard of living, and not just a little. However, that would mean living in truth. Then we do not live a lie by taking advantage of the benefits of globalized life when it comes to commerce, but when we go to church we pretend to only see the Christians attending our church.
One indicator of whether a local church is selfish is to listen to their prayers. Is their heart open for their suffering brothers and sisters all over the world? Or have they closed their heart and the prayers do not go beyond the scope of themselves and the people of their local church.
Let us not forget any of our brothers and sisters all over the world. Lets pray for the Lord to fulfill his promise:
“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” Psalm 12:5
Let us include all of the body of Christ in our hearts. Let us love Jesus and love His church because He loves it. Let us give our hearts, and for those who have too much, our surplus, to all children of God. Let us make the Kingdom of God a global kingdom that is controlled by love and not selfishness and greed.