In case anyone wasn't aware that there are starving children all over the world while America throws away more than 30% of its perfectly good food. There are cruel dictators oppressing the once free people, and others who oppress the freedom to think for oneself in the most devious ways. In places like Russia and China, abortion is like going in to get your teeth done. Women on average have between 6-8 abortions in their lifetime, after which they are usually rendered infertile because the procedures have left them without the internal parts to sustain a life in the womb. There are children who should be holding teddy bears, but instead hold AK-47s and rocket launchers while sipping poisoned water.
As I'm writing this, in my small portion of the world, we're a half an hour into 2010. Although many of us dream of new beginning and things to achieve in the next 364 1/2 days, there isn't much beyond our limited scope of "Me" that we're willing to change, is there? How many of you put down, "End world hunger", "Overthrow a dictatorship" or, "Free the 250 million slaves in the world" on your list of new years resolutions? I didn't think so. The truth is that we may start a new diet that last for a week or two, but does that diet involve donating food to a food shelf or organizing that sends food to starving children? No, I didn't hope for as much. Oh yeah, there are a lot of evil people in this world to blame for problems and things that are happening all over the globe, but you don't need to look to some remote country in Africa to find the dwelling of the wretched contributor to the filth and destruction that goes on. We only have to find a mirror. That's right, we are all take a part in the blame game because we each know of something that's wrong with this world and yet it still goes on.
Oh, and I'm not just talking to Christians, although I have something special to say to them. This is for humanists, Buddhists, Hindus, Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, and every other religious or otherwise existing person. We, as capable human beings are not able to only provide for ourselves, or even just our family should we decide to have one; we are also capable to help our fellow man. We may not be able to rescue a slave, but maybe you're able to put in a couple extra hours to send money to an organization that works to rescue slaves. You may not be able to fly an orphan all the way from Darfur, but maybe you can skip going to the movies and and instead send that money to an organization that has set up refugee camps for these orphaned children. Maybe you just don't have the money to send to any organization, but perhaps you can volunteer your time to package food for a distribution company or at the food shelf. Maybe it's something as simple as knitting scarves for the homeless in colder climate areas.
Christians, of all people, should be going above and beyond this in any way they possibly can. The way I see it, there's a lot of us that have been more concerned with the political delicacies of Washington's filth instead of actually trying to be apart of the solution. It seems like too often we've got our heads so far up our asses that we can't see all the work that has yet to be done. Enough arguing who's is right and wrong, it was never meant to be about rules and regulations, but about Love. We can't be about the Father's business if we're focused on pounding the gavel on somebody's head. Before you try to defend yourself by pointing a finger at me and asking what I'm doing; I readily admit that I too am not doing all I can to help the causes of the weak and oppressed, but that doesn't justify your apathy and lack-luster performance as light in the darkness. If you're waiting for me or someone else to lead the charge into battle against the evil in this world, then you're a fool. Wake up! Tomorrow is too late, there's people dying today, and you're content to sit and eat your Cheerios and drink your Tropicana OJ. Wake up! There's too much to do to just sit on your behind all day and dream about Eternity.
Wake up, because you never know if there will be a next time,