From Josh Reid @ Barclay Press:
“The overwhelming nature of the world’s needs too often paralyzes the church—and so we do nothing. We see that a meal, a haircut, and a warm sleeping bag are really not changing any of the underlying causes of peoples’ hardships—and so we do nothing. When we act this way we reduce poverty to something that can only be measured in dollars and we objectify people by reducing them to a problem.
What we fail to realize is that our own apathy is the most severe form of poverty of all, a poverty of love. When Jesus said, “love your neighbor” (Mark 12:31), “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44), and “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40), he presumed that we would love (Webster’s says this is a verb), regardless of the effectiveness or fiscal responsibility. He just said, “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12), plain and simple. A friend who loves gives what he or she can even if it doesn’t solve everything. A friend who loves recognizes the value and dignity of conversation. A friend who loves gives without a second thought about whether he or she will receive in return.”
to read the entire article, go here.
there’s so many ways that you can get involved with ministry with those in poverty. if you’d be interested in thinking about this together, let me know and/or check out “love canton.”