Pastors: People in our society need less entertainment and more repentance taught … and it’s our job to teach it! If lives are ever going to be impacted in our churches, we need to stop watering the Bible down and stand firm on God’s truth. Stop leading people down the dangerous path of self-help and instead to the cross of Christ!
1 Peter 5:1-4, “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
Does the Bible give any indication as to our responsibilities with regard to the refugees from overseas? Actually — it DOES! 1 Tim 5:8 says, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Consider for a moment the amount of people in this nation who are homeless … or let’s get personal … how many in our families have real needs (not wants motivated by greed, but real, genuine needs) and are going without right now? If we are truly Christians, how can we extend hands of grace to everyone else and ignore our own? So, to all the arm-chair quarterbacks in our nation telling us how we should behave I have one simple question … if we REFUSE to take care of our very own (to do nothing and ignore them is to refuse them), how are we measuring up on the supposed “charitable” scale then?
To quote a former parishioner of mine: “Better sweep up your own porch before you try to clean someone else’s.”