Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | July 22, 2013

In the World, Not of the World: Drawing the Line

I don’t know about anyone else, but there are times when I’m sick to death of the way news is reported. Celebrity stories are covered at the expense of “smaller” stories that affect people’s lives, murder trials are sensationalized in a way that I’m sure doesn’t help the victims’ families and experts on opposite sides of an issue shout each other down.

Yet, at the same time, we need to know what’s going on in the world. There are not only certain things that go on that affect us, but also those closest to us. All of the interconnection between people due to technology is a good thing, even if it does lead to distractions.

One sad perspective common in some forms of dispensationalist Christianity is to point our tragedies that happen as a “sign of the times”, but do nothing to alleviate human suffering, on the basis of “It’s God’s will”. This perspective probably would have horrified the Apostles.  We may be in and not of the world, but that doesn’t mean that the world is none of our concern.

All you need to do is watch or read the news to know how much hurt is out there. As part of the Body of Christ, it’s not enough to simply lament the state of things. Instead, we should be focused on what we can do for “the least of these”.

What are your favorite things to do to help those in need?



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