Unless one does not watch or listen to news, and does not use social media of any kind, it was pretty hard to miss the hullabaloo that occurred. I saw a lot of angry, defensive Facebook posts yesterday, and I didn’t even know what they were referring to. It didn’t take much searching to find out.
In fact, that same day, as a sponsor of a child in one of the remarked-about countries, I commented about visiting this child, to which the reply was pretty much the same as the one that has caused much hullabaloo. I was not offended, because there is truth in the comment about the condition of the country. (Could wiser words be used? Absolutely.) However, truth about the country does not negate anyone’s ability to choose to help in such a situation, and that is what I love about sponsorship through Compassion International.
Through my sponsorship, I am personally involved with Compassion International to change this child’s life from one of poverty to one of hope and a good future. While I personally correspond with, encourage, and pray for this child, Compassion is there providing that child with the necessities of life, assisting in education by mentoring, tutoring, teaching job skills, and most importantly, showing the love of Christ to this child so the child’s immeasurable worth will be known in the heart and spirit. When someone is finally seen, heard, helped, and encouraged, one can overcome anything. When that happens, new hope and life overflows from that one, to family and friends, influencing many.
With this in mind, why waste time at all on what was disrespectfully spoken in haste? Following are some great thoughts on the issue at hand.
Luke 17 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
Luke 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
Ecclesiastes 7:21 Also do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. 22 For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others.
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
1 Timothy 2:2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.
If you have been affected by the recent hullabaloo, be careful to whom and where you vent. Confront the offender directly (write a letter, make the call), and then move on to do your part. I am doing mine.
To those struggling, I give my love and prayers. It will pass, so focus on doing your part.
To find out more about Compassion International and how they are changing the lives of the destitute (as well as the lives of those who choose to involve themselves), please visit https://www.compassion.com.