We live in a broken society!
Living in the West we don’t see it as clearly as I’m sure missionaries and others working in the 3rd world or in war zones like the Middle East. Society and pressure groups focus on the environment, animal rights and what they call human rights and divert attention from the true issues. Even those who claim poverty in the UK are far from the destitution seen elsewhere in the world. The issues that our colleagues complain about are largely self-inflicted through an attitude of selfishness and sense of entitlement. We are constantly told that we are entitled to more. More money, more possessions and more happiness. If your life isn’t fulfilling then change your car, your job, your partner.
On my travels I was in Alaska recently, and between the hotel and the Mall where I was doing some shopping, I saw at least 6 native Americans who had nothing but the clothes they stood in and a black bag of possessions. I was struck hard, thinking how challenging it would be to wake up every morning with no hope. Living every day to get through the day with nothing to look forward to. Not living but only surviving. As Christians we have our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ and he has promised to be with us always. 1st Peter Ch 5 v 7 tells us,” Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.”
But do we have a care for the rest of the world. I was reminded of the prophets and Kings in the Old Testament such as Hezekiah and Micah who wept for Israel and Judah. Micah Ch 1 v 8-10 “Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals and a mourning like the ostriches, for her wounds are incurable, for it has come to Judah; it has come to the gate of My people – to Jerusalem.” And 2 Kings Ch 20 v 3 “Remember now, O Lord I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
We also see the Lord Jesus Christ weeping for Jerusalem – Luke Ch 19 v 41 – “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.”
Do we have the same concern for all humanity or are we caught up in daily life and the Western focus? Are we burdened for our fellow man and before the Lord in prayer regularly that their eyes may be opened to their need of salvation and that they may share in the same hope that we have?