Almost ten years ago, I took part in an online debate with a pastor of a peace church. I had a distinct advantage because his church website had a mission statement on it. When he wandered off course, I pointed out the scriptures from his own mission statement. My determination to stick with scriptures frustrated him.
“You fundamentalists care more about scripture than you do about the poor,” he wrote.
“Actually, I am more radical about helping the poor than you are,” I shot back to him.
“No way,” he replied. Then, he listed all of his church’s programs for the poor and their future plans.
“Would you consider selling your church building and giving the proceeds to the poor? And then, would you consider not receiving a salary and taking a full-time job to support your family so more money can be given to the poor. That’s what I would do,” I answered.
The debate came to a screeching halt.
Right now, thousands of believers are joining with Anne Graham Lotz and her 777 Urgent Call to Prayer on behalf of America. The hope is for our nation to return to the Lord, rend our hearts, repent of our sin, and cry out to God for His mercy on behalf of our nation. Before it’s too late.
I agree with the 777 Urgent Call to Prayer, but…
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:8)
“…that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” (Acts 26:20)
We American Christians have been blessed beyond measure, but what have we done with God’s blessings?
Out of the almost 84 billion dollars received in tithes and offerings by American churches in 2013, 93% was spent on ourselves and our buildings while only 1% went to the poor and 2% to world missions.
Is it any wonder that America is now suffering a flood of poor immigrants?
There is still time to change, but we have to do it now. Before it’s too late.