“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.” Pastor Tony Campolo
So, last night I was about to go to bed, when a friend asked if I wanted to do Bible Study via Skype. Even though I was almost asleep; I couldn’t turn it down, I really needed it. So we started reading in Matthew 4, and then made our way through 5. We started talking about how as “Christians” these days, most of the time we don’t have our priorities straight. She read me the above quote, and it was stuck in my head all day today.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:38-42
My friend also explained all the meanings behind the “turn the other cheek”, “give away your clothes” and “walk two miles”; which was cool. But I’ve been thinking all day about the priorities aspect of these verses. God doesn’t care how our feelings may be hurt, or how much we look like a punk if we turn the other cheek. He simply wants us to do it. If someone tries to unlawfully take things from you; Jesus says: Give it to them. If you are forced to do something against your will, do it, and even do over and above what is expected of you.
I promise that this is as hard of a blog to write as ever before. Because I’m guilty of trying to stick with just enough to get me by. God want our priorities to be over and above what is expected from us. He wants us to focus on the world around us, instead of ourselves. He wants us to help feed the kids who are going to bed hungry, who may die over night, rather than focus on proper etiquette. I’m pretty sure that Jesus didn’t have what we would consider “proper etiquette”. (By the way, I’m not telling you to go around slinging cuss words, and misbehaving. If you get that from this blog, stop reading my blogs.) I’m just saying there is a world dying out there without a saving knowledge of Jesus, and we tend to worry about things that on the grand scale of life; AREN’T IMPORTANT AT ALL. We need to set our priorities to the standard of how the Bible would rate them.
Here is an easy way to check and see how your priorities line up with how the Bible commands you to live.
- Do you have a relationship with Jesus. No, I’m not asking if you are a Christian. I’m asking; Is Jesus real in your life? Do you hold conversations with him? Do you go to him when you have to make tough choices? Do you have an ongoing day to day relationship with him?
- Are you living out the great commission? Are you going out and preaching the gospel on a daily basis? (Matthew 28:16-20)
- Are you reaching out to the poor, homeless, abuse, widowed, elderly, hungry, neglected, ect; people in your area? (James 1:27, 1 John 2:6)
If you answer “no” to any of those questions. Then You really need to re-examine your priorities in your relationship with Christ. I pray that we all will reach for the priorities God has given us, before we reach for anything that is not of him.
(For more info on Tony Campolo, check out this website. http://www.progressive.org/?q=mag_camp0805)