Whatever you do to the least of these…
I have long been thankful for Southern Baptist's commitment to evangelism and missions. We have taken the world by storm, in many ways, through our commitment to spreading God's word. God has blessed our efforts and our heart. However, in all of our emphasis on evangelism and missions, it often seems that we have lost our way to a degree. We have grown very accustomed to being God's voice in the world, but in doing so we may have forgotten to be His hands and feet as well.
I've made no secret out of the fact that I have long been an admirer of Rick Warren and his Purpose Driven philosophy. I strongly admire the principles that he has espoused in his life. I find him to be a leader of admirable character, a student of his Bible and his culture and a man of great pratical knowledge. Warren's recent unveiling of the P.E.A.C.E. plan is another great example of a man who is committed to all of the gospel, and not just portions of it. I am extremely thankful for Warren, his wife Kay and Curtis Seargant who heads the P.E.A.C.E. plan for Saddleback. The P.E.A.C.E. plan is so remarkable because of its holistic approach. It encompasses both the spiritual and the physical. By the way, I'm convinced that the physical won't be fixed until it is infused with the spiritual help needed.
Baptist Press offered a wonderful article yesterday, highlighting Warren and his love for Africa and his concern for the AID's epidemic, among other things. I strongly encourage you to read the article.
I am convinced that one of the reasons that much of the world isn't listening to our message is because they aren't convinced that we really believe it. They are longing to see us live our message in service to "the least of these." Warren has put feet to his words, what will we do?
In light of that question I'd like to open the floor for discussion. What are ways that you have personally recognized that the church, your church, can serve "the least of these" in your community? Secondly, why are you or aren't you involving yourself in those ministries currently? I look forward to your responses.