The Church’s Expanding Work

IRAQ-UNREST-DISPLACEDBy: Susan Bea Good

My average sized Baptist church started a building project, and is expected to begin the new construction very soon. A much larger congregation in our area is expanding and remodeling their existing facilities, at a price tag estimated at twenty four million!

Last night the President of the United States held a press conference revealing our military’s role in delivering humanitarian assistance to fifty thousand stranded Christians. These faith-refugees have been driven out of their historical cities to Iraqi mountaintops, and are presently trapped by Islamic rapists and murderers.

American Believers are pleased with the President’s decision to air-drop food and water to these desperate Christians. But what comes next? How long are we planning to provide life’s essentials to our brethren in the mountains? Do we have a “next move?” Where are these persecuted people going to live out the rest of their lives? Now that Iraq is in the hands of terrorists, where can these “infidels” resettle?

These questions can be answered with one move. Refugee status and immediate Immigrant Visa approval should be offered to all who can prove they have been persecuted because of their Christian faith.

Islamic hate is cannibalistic and alternately terrorizes its own. Because of this, I don’t endorse immigration of Muslim victims. America does not need these within its borders!

It is time though for us to welcome all persecuted Christ-followers!

What if thousands of churches in America each sponsored one or two of these desperate families? Could American Christians relieve some of their suffering? Could we provide jobs for their fathers, offer education to their children, and comfort their mothers and grandparents?

You say the commitment is too costly…Really? A typical Evangelical congregation in the US meets twice weekly, in a 17,000 square foot building, that cost 1.7 million. Perhaps a small percentage of these could re-allocate funds and energies to the rescue and care of Christian refugees, instead of being so often focused on internal programs and physical surroundings.

It’s likely that many American congregations will be surprised when Jesus returns for His Church…too busy doing the work of expanding their buildings, rather than expanding His work!

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.

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