I've been struggling a lot lately with the gravity of what God has revealed to me about orphans and the Church's role in orphan care. And frankly, it's messing me up inside...in a good way, I think. The problem with having these big things revealed though, is that nothing in my world looks the same. Almost like sorting through the rubble left after an earthquake, I'm trying to pick up the pieces of my life and beliefs and decide if it is worth placing in the same spot on the shelf or toss it in the trash.
Most of the time, I find that God is replacing these things with something new. Something better. Him. His desire for my life.
But, when I look at Facebook, I'm often faced with the "state of our hearts." It's no surprise, we're sinful people...therefore we make Facebook a sin-filled place. And when I say we...I really mean me. 'Cause nobody likes to look in the mirror and realize you're no better than anyone else. Truthfully, it is easier for me to see the things that need to be fixed in others than to take a good hard look at myself.
I've found myself reading status update after status update that leave me infuriated and mourning the conditions of our hearts. Because to me, it seems we care more about things than people. It's everywhere I look.
New cars with every bell and whistle available!
And don't forget the new wardrobe for the vacation!
Some days I can't stand it. I want to shout from the rooftop "Life is not about YOU or ME and how much STUFF we can get!" But I don't, because who tells their friends how many children they could sponsor instead of their latest purchase on Facebook?
Instead, we willingly cut off our cable. We choose not to have the latest i-gadget, nor do we have any intention of getting one--no matter how cool we think they are. We limit our eating out with everyone after church on Sunday. We use coupons for everything. We rarely shop for clothing.
And just because I do these things, doesn't mean I think gadgets and cable are bad. No, I totally like these things....alot...maybe a little too much. It also has nothing to do with being self-righteous. The fact of the matter is that they don't further us toward our adoption funding goal, so we cut them out. Because to us, playing with apps and fancy gadgets pales in comparison to hearing extra giggles in our home.
But I can't help but wonder...Why do we sit next to each other in Sunday School talking about Acts and the Early Church, but it doesn't seem to really make a difference in our everyday lives? We come to church, say the right things, and leave unchanged. Why? Why do we quickly pass over Acts 4:32-35 and how the Early Church "gave to one another freely so that none had need", but yet we can't spare pocket change for poverty or orphan care when faced with it later that day?
Are we really content to ignore?
Why is it ok with us that there are over 163 MILLION orphans? (Just so you know, that number is 19 times the population of New York City.)
Because...it isn't ok with me.
I've posted this video before, but maybe you chose not to watch it then. I hope you can spare 8 minutes today.