This is a follow up to Jesus’ heart toward the lame and cripple.
The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.
We have a big problem in the Church today, and it is a problem that the government is trying to handle and is not being successful, so people are suffering in America. We have fed the poor and starving in other nations, but in the process of preaching in stadiums full of people and expanding in big buildings, what have we done to help the poor and needy – whether that be the low income people, or the sick people, or the people that cannot support themselves. Instead there are people who take the name of Church telling everyone to go and get a job, when most of them cannot find one, and even if they do they cannot get enough to feed their families and have to go on food stamps. We live off of credit cards to buy expensive things, and we are all guilty of that. What are we doing to feed the poor – forget about Africa, or India, but in this nation – the revival begins within one’s town, city, state, and nation. Instead we have the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer and the Church can learn a lesson from Bill Gates who is a billionaire but he is using his money for philanthropic purposes and humanitarian purposes. Remember the post – What is the purpose of God? Instead we get preachers asking people for donations daily, but they don’t go and take what they have themselves, in their own comfort and feed the needy people. So then the government of America has a heavy burden of taking care of several people with a large Social Security that no one can pay for. There are people because of no other alternative, have to depend on Social Security – people who are not physically able to work, or have a disability that does not allow them to work, and then we have people who use the name of Jesus to support politicians who want to take money out of the poor to house their billion dollar homes. Or even the mega Churches, which I have nothing against, but I know it really grieves the heart of God to see poor and needy people suffering.
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. James 1:9-11
2 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “Do not murder.”[c] Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:2-12
A truly poor person will not be greedy, they will be satisfied with what they get. But a rich person will keep asking for more.
There is a blog posting I posted a while back called “Looks Like Pottersville.” We need more George Bailey’s – many of us are experiencing George Bailey periods in our life. This was a man who because of a man called Mr. Potter took away the money that George Bailey had saved from his own pocket to feed the people of Bedford Falls. I was just thinking about this movie a second time – this was a man who had big dreams but sacrificed them, for the people, to help people, – he wanted to build buildings and visit countries – that was his dream, but instead he was put in charge of the bank after his father died. It was almost a Book of Job based story. But this man gave of his life to help people, and almost gave up on his life because of money greedy potter who wanted to take away the money for himself and take away the money of the poor and he thought he was doing them a favor. But at the end when all things seemed hopeless there was a guardian angel sent to him named, Clarence, who was there to help him. – Moral of the story – that when things seem hopeless God always sends someone who will help you at the end of your rope, and your latter days will be richer than your past.
I believe Jesus had a great plan in the telling of the story – but what have learned – secular and Church people in these past ages. Have we really learned to give like we are supposed to – if we had- there would be no need for Social Security. But instead we have become greedy secular and nonsecular alike. Especially in America, we feed our mouths to the full, and eat until our souls delight. We purchase these clothes that are very expensive so that we will appear pleasing to the eye. We are walking around healthy while other people are in pain. We are blessed with air conditioning, and electricity, laptops, ipods, iphones, and computers, and education, when other people don’t have any – or may be hurting.
Thank God for the mighty ministers who are doing something – to help, thank God for the ones that are pouring out their life savings – to help others, but great revivals begin in your own nation and not other nations – yes we are supposed to preach the gospel in other nations and that is being done too.
Jesus wants to feed the poor and needy, the oppressed, and heal the lame and crippled, and He wants to use His hands to do it. We are His hands. Many people are suffering – and thank God that suffering children our safe in His arms. I know it really grieves the heart of God when people on welfare who can’t find jobs and have to be Medicaid and cannot take care of their family go hungry. The government has taken over because the Church has gotten lazy.
We all need to repent, for that. How can we see a revival when all this is going? Jeremiah says to mourn for His people, and to mourn and lament instead we are rejoicing and having our parties and celebrations while we our in Economic chaos. The Church – the Bride, the Body of Christ needs to step up to the plate. This is ripe for an unfavorable for someone who we don’t want to step in and be the solution. Only a poor person can tell you that a can of corn or a bowl of rice is a blessing.
Thank God that Jesus is the answer for all of our needs, and wants, and He clothes Himself with riches, blessing and honor, and majesty, and power, and that our God provides all of our needs.
Forgive us as Church for not reaching out to the poor, needy, and oppressed. Forgive us Lord for not giving the most of ourselves to the poor. We are not worthy to be called your Church, but thank God that you delight in the good that we are doing. We pray that you reach out hearts and touch hearts to give to the needy and the poor, and to help those struggling with sickness, pain and disease, we pray that you anoint our hands for revival and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is our hearts cry. We pray for all the needs of the oppressed, that You may break the bonds of the oppressed because that’s who You are. We love You Lord, and We know You care, and help us to trust in You. Thank You for Your Blessings. Let Your will be done with the Economic and Political situation in America. Only Your will. Let Your hearts move the people. You can make a way where there is no way. You can provide a Daniel when there are only Nebuchandezzar’s around. You can move the heart of the people. We pray for blessings and favor upon your humble servants whose only desire is to obey you. We know your heart is grieved by the injustice, and we know your heart is grieved by all that is going on. Thank You for speaking to Your servant. I seal this post with the Blood of Jesus. Forgive us for not trusting that You will provide our needs. Forgive us for using our tithes and offerings to build bigger buildings instead of reaching out to the poor. Help us Lord to be more like You Lord Jesus.
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,