Of the many, many, many good things Christians do, some are only relevant to their particular local church community. There is nothing to criticize when a program within a particular church is began to promote the gospel, edify members to grow spiritually as a family, and bring glory to God. Despite the constant abuse from secular media, Christians are vital to this, and every society globally.
Christians are first at the scene of major disasters. Their donations dwarf those of secular social groups. They are in the urban areas with soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless, and food banks and free stores with clothing. This is fulfilling Christ's commission doing the Word, not merely reading and hearing the Word.
M25: The right hand, or the left hand.
Jesus knew His time was short, and was giving His disciples some final teachings. In Matthew 25, this about what their reward would be, from their, and our following His example, believing in Him, and reaching out to others in His name.
"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me into your home. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I WAS IN PRISON, and you visited me.'
Then these righteous ones will reply. 'Lord, when we ever find you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty....naked, a stranger, sick in prison?'
And the King will say, ' I tell you the truth, when you did it to the LEAST of these, my brothers and my sisters, you were doing it to ME!" Matthew 25:34-40
All of the programs we develop in service to others, must come second fiddle to the words of Christ. Also, we cannot say, on that day we stand before God, "we gave at the office, the government took it right out of my check." As followers of Jesus, the priority is in the passage above, the hungry, thirsty, the needy, the prisoner, the sick.
The one that is on my heart the most is probably the most ignored, are the prison inmates. I feel strongly for those in the "system", those being released, and those already released. Those released have major issues finding employment. They may be completely re-habbed, but are undesirable to most employers. Employers don't really understand that they have people working for them that belong in jail. The ex-con has done their time and want to prove themselves worthy to any company that is willing to take a chance on them.
Those in prison want to know hope more than anything. Most inmates have had no father in their lives...ever. And the greater portion of inmates have landed in their cell resulting from drug use and alcoholism.
M25: An idea, to be a doer of Christ's words.
My greatest concern is for those nearing release. They are scared, not so excited. "How can I stay out of here?" Or, "When I leave here, the only place I can go is back to the old neighborhood, the old friends, the old behaviors...nobody can help me." These are true concerns. These want to do better, live normal, like you and I.
I feel strongly that we can have a part in helping them. I wonder how many of you would be interested in helping a prisoner? An idea I has been in my head to help all three types mentioned above. I call this idea "The M25 Project." I hope that you, like me, have wanted to help all of these Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25. Here is an opportunity.
Today, I am prayerfully putting this idea together, and have sent an email to Prison Fellowship. Tonight, or perhaps tomorrow, I will post the idea here, and on my other site. Please pray that how I present this is received in the right manner to the readers. Stay tuned.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!