Read Acts 7
The Natural disasters we experienced in recent weeks have provided an Ideal opportunity to reflect on the church’s response, or in some cases, lack of response to the overwhelming need left in the wake.
With his last breath, Stephen cries out to the gathered mob, “Remember why you are here! Don’t lose the plot!
It’s easy as participants of religious institutions living in a country that ascribes to Christian values, to fortify beliefs around “We are right and they are wrong.” The religious community in Stephen’s day employed similar thinking patterns. They persecuted or killed anyone that dared to critique their hallowed viewpoint. (vs. 51-53)
When religious constituents lose their ability to objectively function as a conduit of blessing, a critique must be billowed. Take Hurricane Harvey for example. Many men and women with no religious affiliation were some of the first responders. Yet, several faith communities in Houston were the last to respond.
Ask yourself, “Have I lost the plot by placing myself at the center of importance elevated above the needs of others? As those tasked with releasing blessing and provision, does the indictment of Acts 7 slice a little too close to home?
God, I pray we would be a people of first responders to a world in need rather than passive observers in a world of ease.
— Christian Trent