Pastor Carl showed this video at Ashton Church of the Nazarene last Sunday night, and to be honest I think it wrecked us a little:
Here are a few things that particularly stood out:
"I keep seeing this bumper sticker that's popular where I live. It says, 'God Bless America.' Every time I see one, I think, 'God has. God has blessed America.' America has around 6% of the world's population, but we consume over 40% of its resources. The point isn't, "How can God bless America more?' The point is, 'How can America bless others?
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share..." -1 Timothy 6:17-18 (NIV)
"Have you eaten today?
"Because somewhere around like 800 million people won't eat today.
Like 300 million of them are kids.
"Every couple seconds, somebody dies from hunger.
"For the rest of the world...our life is the commercial, our stuff is the catalog, we're the picture in the advertisement.
"Let's be honest. It's easy to go to a church service, it's easy to read the Bible, it's easy to discuss who believes what and who's right and who's wrong. It's easy.
"But when Jesus talks about his followers, he talks about people who are generous, people who clothe the naked, take food to the hungry, take water to the thirsty, people who visit the prisoner, people who invite the stranger in, people who give their time, people who give their energy, people who give their money."