It is true that in this world there are the poor. It is also true that the world makes much commotion about this. They fire one another up to eradicate poverty. But no headway is ever accomplished. As soon as they release one into productivity, five more take his place.
Unfortunately what is true in the world is also true in the church. There is a poverty that cannot be solved with the resources of this world. And it does not dress itself in visible rags.
Those who are rich in the forgiveness of Christ often seal up their wealth as if it can be stolen. And I find myself unable to speak of the power of God absent from display in my brothers.
While the world walks about destitute and ragged, many Christians live happy peaceful lives. While the resources of the world are gobbled up by greed, the resources of Christ are often hidden from the masses by fear.
Does this make sense to anyone?
The world carries on great campaigns to solve a problem that will never go away. But doesn’t the “Modern” church find itself doing the same thing?
It has become a virtually impossible task to tell the difference between the “good people” of this world and the “Modern” Christian Church. No wonder the poverty of soul is so widely spread.
A simple question, addressed to every Christian: “Are those who know you even aware that you are a Christian?”
I guess there is one place of solace. Both horrific forms of poverty will find their conclusion at the Holy throne of God.
1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3)
By His Grace