I woke up this morning to clean the house a bit before i have my epic nerd game night filled with marvel legendary and other fun games. But like most people, i decided to check facebook to see what was going on with my family, friends, church members, etc. I usually look at the trending sidebar and looked at the Captain American Civil War Movie, The new National Lampoon’s Vacation, and the day MJ made me cry with The Shot.
As I was looking at what is trending, I saw that Miley Cyrus had started a Foundation to help homeless LBGT teens. As i was reading the article, and I thought to myself, “How come the Christian Community is not doing this (There may be some christian organizations out there, but i don’t know of any)?”
Looking back at church history, everyone would go to the church to get help and to find rest. Heck, if you wanted to start a business you would have to go through the church to do so. Now I’m not saying we should go back to a church being a bank, but whatever people needed, they would go to the church for assistance, help, guidance, etc. Today, it seems like the church has loss it’s reputation to being a place of healing, rest, and/or protection.
Regardless of what your view is on the LBGT community, the church has a responsibility to help those who are in need. When we stop helping, we stop being the image of Christ, thus we stop being the church.
Jesus had strict teaching on helping others.
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”(Mat 25:33-1 NIV)
So the question is, are you a sheep or a goat?