Imagine your loved ones starving miles away. After learning of their plight, you quickly hire a courier to send them food and other supplies together with a message of love. Unfortunately the courier fails to deliver and your dear ones starve to death.
Obviously it is heart-breaking; but what makes this scenario more devastating is that your loved ones perished not because you didn’t care but because someone failed you and your help somehow got lost in transit. I’m sure you will do everything in your power to catch and punish the evil courier and make up for your loses.
Sadly, this is what is happening around us today. Poverty has been tormenting our nations for centuries. Many of God’s people are hurting and perishing as if God doesn’t care. As if that is not enough we Christians are quick to blame the government, politicians, the international donors or even the devil for these evils.
But the truth is that the responsibility for the state of our economy lies squarelly at the Church’s door. God has already sent us Christians as a message of love and as solutions to their problems [2 Corinthians 3:3]. We’ve been chosen, anointed and sent as problem solvers in our communities. If God’s loved ones are still starving, whose fault is it?
To say the least, if the world around us is still needlessly suffering then we, the solution, are the ones who’ve gone missing. If there is darkness in our communities, we – the light, are not shinning. If life is tasteless and boring then we, the salt, are not fit for purpose. [Matt. 5:13-16]
Jesus said, a faithful, sensible servant is one charged with the responsibility of taking care of other household servants in the master’s absence. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, he will be rewarded. The master will surely put that servant in charge of all he owns.
But what if the servant neglets his duty and instead he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
Responsibility is response to given ability. “To whom much is given”, Jesus said, “ much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” [Luke 12:42-48]
If we really love God we will take care of the ones He cares the most – the poor, the needy, the weak and the lost. God has given us – the Church – His love to alleviate the suffering and improve lives. He expects no less from us than improving the world around us for the glory of His son Jesus who shed his blood for the masses!
If you do that the King will say to you: “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 unclothed, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ Failure to do that you will be cursed and banished into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. (Matthew 25:34-46)
God says, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High charged with these responsibilities:- to give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. But you will die like mere mortals and fall like every other ruler because you’ve remained ignorant oppressors; You wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core.’ [Psalms 82:3-7]
The church is supposed to be wealthier than any institution on the planet. Potentially we’re well capable of solving every problem that arises within our sphere of influence. If the Church is not seing the flow of prosperity its because of either ignorance or selfishness.
In truth, God has already blessed us with every resource needed to resque His loved ones – the needy and the lost. If we fail to do our job and they perish the bible says their blood will be required from our hands. [Ezekiel 3:18].
God can’t stand to see his loved ones continue to suffer and die. Since He’s the one that sourced her He is ready to replace and punish the ineffective and irresponsible Church.
The issue, therefore, is not about what the enemy IS doing to our loved ones but about what we – the Church – are NOT doing for our loved ones.
In the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “In the end, they will remember not the words of their enemies, but the silence of their friends”