Yesterday, I blogged a little about getting our focus off of our doctrinal differences, and placing our emphasis on what we will be judged on when we stand at the judgement seat of Christ. Those words coming from the lips of Christ, "well done," are words we look forward to hearing. Yet, as we look over our life, we don't see the good works we "think" we shoulda, coulda, or woulda performed, "if only" we weren't in our current situation, filled with obligations. This is true, we all must work and provide, see after our own families, and pay for our 3 cars, motorcycle, mobilehome, and the massive credit card debts we've accrued over the years. Seriously, we do have many obligations, and we cannot do many things we would love to do for God and others.
God knows that. He isn't mad at us for not winning the world. However, the cares of life blind us to the needs of those around us that we can do something about. Did you know that 20,000 young men and women are turned out the foster care system, with nowhere to go, no family, no home. They have to make it on their own when they hit the legal age of 18. That's the year most of us celebrate, moving into adulthood, having a family sharing the joy. They have to be prepared, or the families that have housed them have to let them stay without the government support money. Did you know that prisoners leave the prison system weekly....free at last! Only they have nowhere to go, but back to the streets, or find a way to make it with no money, no place to sleep, or no food...so what do they do? There is a whole community of families that live in the largest trash dump in the world outside of Mexico City. Generations have lived there, not because they want to, but that's the only way of getting a meal. Their little babies live with disease and filth, seemingly hopeless.
Here's a scenario: It's you being turned out to fend for yourself. You've been with 5 families in 3 years. Never have been taught how to live on your own. You don't have the job, food, or place to live. Or, it's you leaving prison. Your only way to live is to return to the life of crime, but with all your heart, you don't want to. Nobody wants you, no employer wants a felon, even if they are sincere and living for Christ. Now imagine your children, or your grandchildren are eating out of trashcans to survive.
You say, "the government can help, they have programs." The government won't stand in judgement, you will. You say, "They committed the crime, they have to suffer the consequences." Did you pay for your crimes, judge? There are criminals all around us, maybe one of your own family members..do you have any compassion? You say, "that's whats wrong with our country, worried about the poor in other nations and not taking care of our own." True, we should see after our poor. But when we forget the poor everywhere, God will shut the windows of heaven on this nation. The question is, What have you done for the needy this week? this month, this year, or ever? You will be judged.
There are answers, but I'm not going to give them out. There are programs and charities galore, that address these and other dire needs of humanity. I can't give them out and steal your reward. Search a little, Wikipedia list 92 pages of charities. Don't give to just anyone. Because they have a well known name, doesn't mean they have a noble cause. Some CEO's of charities, are making huge incomes, up to seven figures, don't waste your money. But there are some like, The Salvation Army, Matthew 25 ministries, the Samaritan's Purse, Catholic Relief, etc., that are always there in disasters, and in times of trouble...these help. Volunteer, donate, help where your needed, or don't. But remember Jesus' words, doing for the sick, needy, imprisoned, strangers, hungry, and the thirsty, is doing for Him. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.