Posted By Hannah Hagarty on April 12, 2010
“I want you to share your food with the hungry and bring right into your own homes those who are helpless, poor and destitute. Clothe those who are cold and don’t hide from relatives who need your help.
If you do these things, God will shed His own glorious light upon you. He will heal you; your godliness will lead you forward, and goodness will be a shield before you, and the glory of the Lord will protect you.
Then, when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.”
Isaiah 58:7-9 Living Bible
“If you have never done any of these things, or things of this nature, if you have been married for years and years and have had a home (or even a room) and none of this has ever occured, if you have been quiet especially as our culture is crumbling around us, if this is so – do you really believe that people are going to hell? And if you really believe that, how can you stand and say, “I have never paid the price to open my living place and do the things that I can do”?
Francis Schaeffer quoted in Open Heart, Open Home
by Karen Burton Mains
We want the government to do the job of the church, of followers of Christ: paying for foodbanks for the hungry, caring for modern day orphans in group homes, institutions and foster care, giving vouchers for those needing clothing and shelter, subsidies for housing and heat… We even depend on the government to do the impossible job of bringing healing to broken minds and damaged souls – and then we shake our heads and blame the government for failing at our job.
It’s easy to be hospitable to the trendy new people we meet, the ones with nice jobs, the culturally relevent ones, the ones who will appreciate good food and can reciprocate the invitation, inviting us into their tasteful homes, the ones who don’t make us feel uncomfortable, the ones who don’t make us feel anything like uneasy or sad or compassionate or exhausted.
Heavy thoughts, but these are the ones I’m thinking today. Join me.