Over the last couple of weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in thought. Honestly feeling a little down as I’ve thought about some of the crazy things that are happening right now in the world. (Even though crazy things have always happened in the world) I’ve been reading the same statistics over the past couple of weeks. More than 27 million people involved today in human slavery and sex trafficking. 2.4 million people across the globe with no access to clean drinking water. Every day 5,760 more children become orphans. Every 7 seconds, one person flees home to escape conflict or persecution as a refugee. More than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. 926 million people living in a constant state of hunger. More important than any of these things, 2.91 billion people have never been reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ and their knowledge of God is just enough to damn them to an eternal hell if they never hear and believe the gospel of Jesus. I don’t say this casually or without deep hurting in my heart for these people. But I say this with a heart of hope because God is faithful! God loves his children. So much that in the midst of our craziness He put his Son on a tree and brought him back to life to give his children hope because God is a loving God. And I say this with a heart of hope because God has been so faithful to show us that there is hope in this gospel. So Christians, in the midst of a fallen world, we know that this is certainly not our best life now, but we are not defeated because somewhere in the Middle East there is an empty tomb, and in heaven there is an occupied throne.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
This also means that if there are hurting people in the world, and if God has called us to love and serve others like Jesus, and if God has called us to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if life is truly a vapor and the healthiest among us probably has a hundred years tops to live, and if we have trillions and trillions and trillions of years and eternity before us, and if 2.91 billion people have never heard the gospel, then the most common sense and practical thing we can do is to live the rest of our lives being obedient to what God has called us to do being a small part of his grand metanarrative by getting the proclaimed gospel to others while serving them and meeting their needs in any way possible. God is faithful and there is so much hope in this gospel.
Still wondering what this guy was thinking backing up traffic in Fort Payne today. I guess it was a good day for a horse and buggy ride through town.
Woah. So excited about this new book coming out Feb 2015. My three favorite things: Platt, social justice, and counter culture.
It’s now possible for me to stay in my room all day and never even have to walk to the kitchen. This could be dangerous.