Our vacation included seeing “Les Miserables” at Tuacahn, Utah which is a grand amphitheater that seats 2,000 and is surrounded by 1,500 ft. red-rock cliffs – it was amazing. I especially loved the live animals, the real cannon and the sound was awesome.
However, as I watched the street scene where the poor are struggling I couldn’t help but think of the families in crisis across America. Families who need help to pull themselves out of generations of brokenness. As I watched this scene my heart ached for those today who are in need of help.
The problem is that it isn’t just about money – the brokenness involves so much more. It would be so much easier if all we needed to do was give them money and their lives would be turned around.
The majority of the families in crisis across America need others to get involved in their lives, to care enough about them to become their friends. Families in crisis require the time, energy, wisdom and strength of individuals who aren’t in crisis if they are to escape the crisis.
This is why the government can’t do it. There isn’t enough money to support enough people to provide this type of intense involvement. Plus the government isn’t able to address the foundation of their problem – poverty of the soul. But the Church can do it – followers of the Triune God. Not only can we do it, we are commanded to do it.
The consequences of not doing so are quite huge!
An excerpt from Matthew 25:31-46
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you Me nothing to eat …’
‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger …’ ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'”