Pray for Joplin

(This video was created by Oak Hills Church)

It’s amazing to me how we as Christians are so proficient at criticism. What can I say? It’s built into us! Even in school we are trained to observe and critique everything, even our own thinking! We even have a phrase for it scholastically, “critical thinking”. We are products of our culture. We can find the flaws in anything, and dismantle any organization or idea. So here is the problem: we can see needs, see hurt, see broken people all around us, and still create a laundry list of excuses why we shouldn’t do anything about it. Maybe people need to see the love of Christ? Maybe if we show that we care about them they will pay attention to what we say? Just maybe that old saying is true, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I want to challenge you to not just be moved emotionally for those hurting, but do what you ought to do to make a difference. Help the people of Joplin, and those who are around you in your work, school, or neighborhood. Critical thinking without practical action the Bible says is sin. There are some sins that are a result of a bad action. There are other sins that are a result of not doing what you should.
James 4:16-17
As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

I believe there are three sins that plague Christians today that stem from this truth. In fact, if you’re not a believer, I am sorry. Forgive us.
1) Knowledge without action.
2) Actions that don’t derive from the heart/spirit of Christ.
3) Arrogant Christians who hoard their superior knowledge over those in need rather than longing to share the “good news” with them.

So here is what we need from those who are believers. Learn the truth, lead by your actions, and do it in love.

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