It IS Time…

After having a long conversation last night with a dear friend about some of the things God has recently placed on our hearts, I woke up and headed to the grocery store and after checking a text messaged, went ahead and got on Facebook too.  This was the first thing that popped up on my feed:

A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time

And I cried. There in the middle of that grocery store. Because it’s exactly what I spent yesterday evening pouring my heart out about. And because there I was in the middle of a grocery store with 10 different choices of sliced bread, looking into the faces of poverty. Why do we so easily forget those faces? Why do we make plans to upgrade what would already be considered by most of the world as extravagance when the “least of these” are dying of preventable illness and hunger? How do we so easily forget that Jesus told us himself that what we do to the least of these, we do to Him? It’s time to make a change. It’s time to drown out all the voices that say “you deserve it!” and “super size it” and “more is better!” and beg and plead with the Lord to help us hear His voice above all others.

It IS time.

Until the next blog…be blessed.

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3 thoughts on “It IS Time…

  1. i love what you wrote. but my honest opinion over the link is that we don´t really need another person telling us what the bible says on a blog that promotes itself and it´s product. those of us who see the need don´t really need a trip to africa from which we speak to our own as if suddenly enlightened. we need to spend the rest of our lives on our knees. only the Holy Spirit can bring change to the north american church, or any church. another white woman in africa with lots of photographs, a great blog, a popular book, and a broken heart and sorry head, well, that´s not what anyone really needs. we need Jesus. alone. Holy Spirit. alone. what i find most sad about the north american church is that books are churned out, books, books, more books, and all the people buy them as if one more book will tell them who Jesus is. meanwhile, Jesus watches. sorry!! please forgive me, but i have seen this blog before and i was over-whelmed and shocked at the self-promotion in the name of Jesus. that drove me to my knees. i welcome both your rebuke and your removal of my comment. it is afterall your blog. in Christ´s DEEP love, lorna

    • I would like to ask that you try not to feel discouraged about books and self promotion in this day and age. God can use it all! I am reminded of the words of Paul in Philippians 1. He speaks of the fact that there are people who are speaking about Jesus with the wrong motives. For self promotion rather than for Jesus and he says this “Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely…but that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I will rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.”

      These books, while no substitute for the Bible or for Christ himself can be a stepping stone to those who have not yet fully come to know Christ. It can plant a seed in them that grows into a deep hunger for Jesus and His words. We must pray that He uses others’ words for that purpose.

      I know she may look like “another white woman in Africa with lots of photographs” but having had that experience in Ecuador years ago in an orphanage, it is hard to be silent after experience true poverty. It’s hard not to share the pictures or the words because you see Jesus in those places of poverty, in those orphans faces and in their deep struggle that reminds us that we know nothing of suffering.

      Be encouraged, God is big enough to work through the imperfection of others, friend. Blessings to you!

  2. i want to thank you for your kind reply to me. i agree, of course, that God can use anything anywhere anytime to bring us to Him, and He does. i once wrote a pastor a letter about the movie Sid and Nancy being proof of God´s love, proposing that the movie was good in itself for that very reason. about nine years ago the Lord changed my life drastically by giving me a bad eye problem. and about four years ago i entered the arena of persecution. all by His design. Jesus told me if i would stay inside the persecution He would see me through. so i have stayed, it is not over. one day a few years ago i was filled with the Holy Spirit. the evidence of things not seen became evidence of things seen. i was given several gifts all at once to help me survive what i have been through. i haven´t told many people about this, in fact you are the second. the other was my mother before she died. i´m telling you now just to say i lived a long time thinking that all these crazy earthly things were okay, just us, just our american way of being Christian. now i know it is a lie. to live for Christ is to live for Christ. and my heart breaks continually for everyone who knows Jesus without really knowing Him at all. so i have said little of this outside my own blog, and haven´t even said this much in my blog. but i want you to know that i love you, i love the woman who wrote that book, i love the children in africa. but more than their starving condition, i pray for their souls. earth is short and eternal life is going to be very, very long. and Jesus is more real than we can imagine. in Christ´s deep love, lorna

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