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Ferguson: Evidence of Spiritual Starvation

Yesterday in church, my Bishop preached about God's solution to the unrest facing our country (Trayvon Martin, Ferguson- Joseph Brown, NYC-Eric Garner). I would like to share a brief summary with you.

Bishop's concern was very simple: "In all of this mess, where is the church?"

Matthew 14:13-22 is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish.

Faced more than 5,000 hungry people, the disciples, symbolic of the church, said "Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." (v.15).

Jesus replies, "Bring them here to Me." (v. 18).

Jesus then took all the food nearby, 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, and blessed it, broke it, then distributed it. As a result, more than 5,000 people were fed, not counting women and children.

This passage reveals our nation's current condition and the solution for it.

The church's previous response has been "Send them away. They are not like us. Their needs are too complex. We don't understand them, we are too occupied with our lives."

Christ's response is "Bring them here to Me."

There are a lot of hurting people in the world. People are searching for answers. Spirits are starving for love and truth.

We, as the church, must offer Christ as the solution. That's all. The love of Christ.

As we have witnessed (and continue to witness) in our lives, Christ does the saving, healing, delivering, and restoration. But how will they know if we don't display His love?

The church of the Living God cannot reject anyone. We cannot look down on anyone. We were once starving for salvation in our own lives and now the evidence of massive spiritual salvation arises.

Jesus accepted the hungry and met them where the were. We MUST point people to Him.


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