FROM THE PULPIT: Think about it — our prayers have already been answered

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 03:35 PM.

After all, hunger can end when people who produce food are willing to look beyond their bottom line and look at human need. God provides plenty of food on this earth for everyone – if it would only be shared.

Bloodshed in the Middle East – and elsewhere – will cease when people everywhere realize that God has created everyone as equals, and there are plenty of resources for everyone – if we would only willingly share.

The spread of diseases will end when shared resources from around the world provide healthier living environments and better personal relationships.

No, I am not a communist or a socialist. I am one who hears how the gospel condemns selfish ambition, greed, hoarding wealth and cheating others. I am one who hears the gospel of Jesus Christ and the scripture reveal God’s call to care for one another – even at the expense of oneself.

You see, God has already answered our questions and our prayers. The question is, are people willing to do what is necessary to be the instruments of God’s answer?

Jesus said in a parable: “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me."

Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, "Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?" Then the King will say, "I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.”

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