I want to turn your attention to a little book called True Religion. It might just be the most worthwhile book you’ll ever read. It’s message needs to be heard. If you take away anything from this blog site, take my advice and get yourself a copy. Your time would be well spent.
You may download True Religion for free here. If you would like to purchase it, let me know and I can get it to you for $3. It makes an excellent book for church study and provides some excellent ministries that your church could partner with to help impoverished children around the world (e.g., Vision Trust). If interested, let me know–there are some really neat ways that your church can serve.
I’ll share one thing that I found particularly compelling in True Religion. Jesus called us to love the Lord our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12.29-31). But who is our neighbor? Surely Jesus only meant those who live in close proximity to us, right? Or did he? Jesus frequently made three day trips by foot in order to carry out his ministry to the lost and dying world that needed him. Three days. By foot. With the advances of modern travel, “is there anywhere in the world we cannot get to in less than three days” (p. 33)? Is there anyone in the world, therefore, regardless of geographical location, that we could legitimately exclude as our neighbor? The answer obviously has great implications for our calling and mission.
“There are more than 30,000 children dying of hunger and preventable diseases every single day” (pg. 39). But I guess they didn’t sing “Billie Jean” or “Thriller.”
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” (James 1.27).
God’s children need us.
And don’t worry, this book’s not just one of those books that makes you feel bad and then leaves you feeling helpless. There are several ministries that we can partner with in order to impact the lives of thousands of children worldwide. There are practical ways to respond.
Download it or let me know if I can get you a copy. It’s a quick read over a nice cup of coffee. Though, as I picture myself sitting in my comfortable home, sipping on my freshly brewed coffee, I’m somewhat sickened; for I realize that if I can afford a cup of joe, I am rich. God help us to use worldly riches for your kingdom, for your glory and honor, amen.