Let me start by praising three organizations that "get it": Samaritans Purse, Billygraham.org and Convoy of Hope. These are three para-church organizations that are spending money to encourage people to give to Japan and are taking action. They started weeks ago and are still hard after it. How unfortunate that they are unique.
I am amazed that when major disasters strike Christendom doesn't move to the forefront of assistance. I see ads by the Red Cross and MTV calling people to action and assistance, but no call to action in the Christian community. No combined effort, no unity, no desire to meet the needs of the hurting. No interest in imparting massive amounts of grace to those who are desperate, no massive command post to manage resources, people, and cash, but lots of "I'll pray for you".
I'll pray for you, without, I'll pay for you, means little.
I learned about the needs of Darfur three years ago from the BBC after 300,000 people had already been killed. No one in Christendom informed me. I watched the Tsunami in 2004 on TV that wiped 100,000 people off the planet in a minute, and then heard the director of the Red Cross call for action, not our pastors and priests. I live near the gulf and after Katrina was encouraged to give by Mike Myers and Conye West.
I know there are many small Christian groups that took action in all these cases and I hope you were one of them, but there is no unified Christian action. I had to research to find a Christian organization to give to for Japan, Convoy of Hope. Thank goodness they were advertising on Ad Words with the other two mentioned earlier.
Christendom is maybe too occupied with the ramblings of Rob Bell right now to be concerned with Japan.
Why didn't the Pope come out and say GIVE & HELP? Why didn't all Baptist Churches donate last Sunday's tithe to the Japanese cause? Why did only two people like my "Donate to Japan" post on Facebook?
We are a shameful bunch we Christians. We are so busy with our damnable activities that we can't stop everything we're doing to respond to crisis. When is a person more open to the Truth of God? In crisis and need. God meets our needs and we are called to be Christ to the world.
"One Holy Church"? One church full of holes indeed. We are so divided and short sighted. Is Christ alive? Did our God not show us what unity and action looked like?
I never thought the face of grace would look like Bono and Madonna, but thank God they have jumped out to promote education, AIDS research, and programs to Feed the Hungry like their theology or not.
I'd rather sing with Bono than hunt with Paige Patterson anyway.
What have been the actions the world has seen of Christendom?
During the AIDS crisis we funded Liberty College instead of AIDS research and condemned people to hell for their actions instead of finding ways to serve them. After Roe v Wade we protested instead of building large adoption centers and lining up people to adopt. During the dot bomb we blamed Clinton and didn't offer career assistance. During Sudan we did nothing at all. During apartheid we did nothing at all.
We went to church, funded our facilities and attended our programs. Now our small churches are dying and we have mega churches - good job everybody!
A few here and there acted faithful, but as a whole we are a sorry bunch. We might as well of lit the torches and promised salvation for a fight in the fifth crusade.
The largest and greatest humanitarian efforts should be under the banner of Christ, yet we leave it in the hands of others and sit on ours.
We expect the government to manage things. We bitch and moan because Barack Obama went to play golf the day after the tsunami. Why do we care? Is it the governments responsibility? They are in debt last I checked and had no money to give.
Not even the well known of Christendom rose to action. How were the Pope, Ed Young Jr., Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, John Piper and others in action. Oh, they sent out a tweet to pray.
The Christian Post March 14, 2011
Southern Baptist leaders Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, were among the first prominent Christian leaders to tweet about the quake. They both posted messages Friday – the same day the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.
"Let's pray that families in Japan will be reunited and calmed. This is a huge disaster that would test the heart and resolve of any nation," tweeted Mohler. "News reports say that many fathers in japan are unable to get home to their families due to the earthquake and tsunami," he also wrote.
Prayer is powerful but prayer without action is self served psychology.
One day after his prayer for Japan tweet, and his one donate tweet, Rick Warren tweets:
RickWarren Churches have vision problems, not money problems. Funds flow to Spirit-inspired ideas. People give to vision, not needs.
What a bunch of BS. Let's call it what it is people, present company included, we are full of crap.
And what good is a tweet anyway when you only have 200,000 followers. You want to encourage someone to act - run an ad during American Idol. Call Gateway, they've got all the money.
Listen church, and when I say church I mean anyone who calls on Jesus whether Catholic, Baptist, Bible, or whatever. Be doers!!! James 1:17. Send your tithe this month to Japan and then some more if you got it. www.convoyofhope.org http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/pray_for_japan/ . Don't wait, be a good steward of the money entrusted to you and send it where it will be put in action. Tell your church to not print the bulletin for a month.
What a joke bulletins are; Let me tell you what's going to happen next Sunday. If your Catholic the same thing that happened last week, mass. If you're a Protestant, the same thing that happened last week, three songs and a sermon.
How will the world know about Jesus if we are not people of action? They won't! We must act aggressively, passionately and together.
Let me correct Rick Warren. Get a "Vision" to help those in "Need". If there's going to be another mega church let's hope it grows in Japan from all the people that saw Christ at work in the lives of Christians!
Pray, Pay and Participate.