Wess opened with a story of a conversation he had with a pastor that was persecuted by Ethiopia’s Marxist regime back in the eighties. (It was under this regime that Ethiopia experienced modern histories’ worst famine – remember Live Aid?) Wess told the pastor that we in America were praying for the church in Ethiopia. The pastor told Wess that they were praying for the church in America. “I heard,” said the pastor, “that because American Christian have so much, they can go an entire hour without talking to God. Is that true?”
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Brad and Angela all understand the concept of to whom much is given, much is required. And they don’t even have an eternal or spiritual mandate or motivation.
There are over 2,100 verses in the Bible about helping the poor. Many more verses about delivering the impoverished than verses about heaven and hell. Yet, heaven and hell are all we talk about.
The headlines of every newspaper everyday should read:
30,000 PEOPLE DIED IN THE WORLD TODAY BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO POOR TO STAY ALIVE
According to Matthew 25, Jesus is disguised as a little child.
Compassion has become a conduit for churches to help churches; pastors to help pastors. He gave a caution based on Bruce Wilkinson’s recent failure and disillusionment: pastors need to work with pastors; not presidents or parliaments.