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An orphan who starves to death is still dead

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in blog links | 1 comment

An orphan who starves to death is still dead

Arthur at “The Voice Of One Crying Out In Suburbia” has written a very powerful post called “Our financial priorities.”

Although, Arthur, to be honest, I don’t think this is about “finances” so much. What about “Our love priorities” or “Our discipleship priorities” or “Our service priorities”? (I’m convinced that our finances simply follow our real priorities…)

Still, the post is very good and very challenging!

For example, consider this comparisons that Arthur makes:

A Christian who is not quite able to articulate the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement is still saved and will spend eternity in Christ.

A Christian on the “wrong” side of the baptism issue (and let’s face it, one way or the other a lot of us are wrong about baptism) is still invited to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

A Christian without a pew to sit in or a bulleting to refer to or a preacher to listen to is still saved.

On the other hand….

An orphan who starves to death is still dead.

A young woman sold to a sex trafficker is still enslaved.

An unvisited widow is still lonely and alone.

The billions of people in the world who have not heard the Gospel are still lost and under the condemnation of their sins.

Yes, these kinds of thoughts can definitely challenge our priorities… and I think our priorities need to be challenged often.

By the way, before you say, “But doctrine is important,” read the rest of Arthur’s post. He does not set this up as an either/or situation.

The question is…. Why do we typically see priorities only focusing on one (teaching doctrine)… and not both?


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  1. 7-20-2011

    I am thinking of what Jesus said about sheep and goats. Seems important to follow His implied ministry goals, which I believe are reflected in the second of Arthur’s lists.