A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-4-18
It Gets Worse
What’s Happening: “The death toll in the Indonesian quake and subsequent tsunami (the subject of 9-29’s CLARITY) has gone from 384 about a week ago to over 1,400…and with the latest volcanic eruption and aftershocks (some of them registering as high as 6.0) the toll might go even higher. No one has yet heard from inhabitants of Donggala, near the epicenter of the initial quake, and the Red Cross thinks that is very worrying (https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653541283/in-indonesia-aftershocks-and-uncertainty-remain-after-deadly-earthquake). ‘There are more than 300,000 people living there. This is already a tragedy, but it could get much worse,’ said Jan Gelfand, head of an international relief organization.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “It’s not the end of the world…is it?”
Biblical Response: “I doubt it…though I’m sure there are some in Indonesia that might beg to differ…at least it’s the end for 1,400. Something we must keep in mind: although all tragedy is local, so is all relief. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
“Christians? What an opportunity! Of course, we’re shattered at the large loss of life and property. But this is our opportunity to show just how much we care. If every church just gave $1000 the total would be staggering (83, 996 X 1000 = almost 84 million dollars!…and that’s just in America!) If help is not given, we have much over which to repent. Our myopic view of what is important (with all the brouhaha over Kavanaugh and the midterm elections) needs to be re-examined (James 2:15-17).
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to put the right emphasis on what’s important…not that our problems aren’t significant…but they pale by comparison; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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