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    I just read a very thought provoking article about the view of the American Christian from the perspective of the poorest of the poor African Christian. From a people that do not know where their next meal will come to a people who will diet in order to fit into their summer's swim clothes. From a people who wear rags as their best clothing to a people who can't decide which movie to go to or which concert to attend. From a people with no running water, no electricity, no refrigeration, nothing more than a barely standing shelter while living on the earth as a floor to a people who lives in a large well cooled and heated home with multiple cars, complaining of gas prices, high utility costs but yet have sufficient finances to plan their next extravagant outing.

    Such a contrast! Those with little or nothing versus those who don't know what to do with what they have except to focus on themselves with nary a concern or thought of the needs of those half a world away. Out of sight, out of mind! Yet, the King of all kings considers all of these, the least of His brethren. Did you know that these poorest of the poor in Africa are PRAYING for the church of America? They are daily seeking the God of all creation on our behalf!

    What are WE doing? Do we ever consider what life must be like for our own brethren where a cup of clean water is considered a luxury? Their's is not a choice between a cup of coffee or a latte at Starbucks on the way to work. They are not afforded the choice between putting Regular or Premium gas in their car as they have no such method of locomotion available to them. We can't decide which restaurant we want to eat at while these wonder if they will have a next meal.

    Our worlds are so very different. They see that the American Christian has a great need of what they have in great abundance and that is a faith and a focus on the eternal and not the temporal. The reason for this should be obvious to us. Their life expectancy is considerably shorter than ours in the west. So many die everyday through starvation and poor health. With such a limited view or hope of a long life, preparations are made daily for that life promised by the Savior in eternity. All hope, all focus, all expectations are on the promises of God given through faith in Jesus.

    The American Christian, not being faced everyday with their own mortality and the very real prospect of an early death, focus on what we can get out of life and how we might enjoy our time while here. In this way, WE are poorer than those who severely lack in the material world. Theirs is a life filled with holding on to the promises of God because there is nothing else to hold on to but to us, we hold on to our things, our luxuries that we consider as necessities. Our values are all distorted while theirs are based on the harsh realities of a life without the accessories we so enjoy.

    So who are the poorest of the poor? Those who lack in the material world or those who lack in the spiritual world? Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God." He also reminded us that the poor we have with us always. Exactly what is He saying? He is saying that no matter where we live or how well we may live, there will always be those around us who have a greater need in their lives than we do. The opportunity for loving our neighbor abounds, IF we choose to look for it, OR we can choose to ignore it.

    Isaiah 58 reveals where the heart of The Lord is for every generation:

    ‘In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, (Isaiah 58:3)

    Our focus in America is NOT where God's focus is. While we seek our own pleasure in how we may entertain ourselves, God's heart is revealed elsewhere:
    Isaiah 58:6-7 (NKJV)
    “ Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
    To loose the bonds of wickedness,
    To undo the heavy burdens,
    To let the oppressed go free,
    And that you break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
    And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
    When you see the naked, that you cover him,
    And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
    It is HIS desire that we no longer look to please ourselves but to seek for those who are in greater need of that which we have in great abundance. Is it possible to give up that concert or movie or dining out or that special trip and provide for those who do not know where their next meal will come from? We glory in our accomplishments but we fail miserably in the kind of magnanimity of soul that considers the plight of others above our own desires.

    We convince ourselves every week when we gather in our various churches that we are doing everything to please our God. We sing our songs of praise, preach our sermons and organize our individually tailored made groups in order to capture the carnal pleasures and interests of the carnally minded with no real focus on that most important and critical of all subjects:
    Isaiah 58:13-14 (NKJV)
    “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
    From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
    And call the Sabbath a delight,
    The holy day of the Lord honorable,
    And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
    Nor finding your own pleasure,
    Nor speaking your own words,
    14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
    And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
    And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
    The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
    Those who say they follow The Lord aught to walk in the same manner as He walked. He did not seek his own way, nor did He speak His own words or did He seek His own pleasure but EMPTIED Himself of all that He enjoyed in heaven so as to do the one thing that pleased His Father the most, SERVE the least of these His brethren. He emptied Himself and demonstrated to us all the kind of life God desires that we all should live, a life of complete obedience to the Father with no thought to ourselves or even our own needs. Jesus learned that most valuable of all lessons...THAT MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF THE FATHER.

    It is TIME for the American Christian to die to self, pick up our collective crosses and bear in our bodies the dying of The Lord Jesus Christ. It is TIME that we lay aside our pleasures, which we have convinced ourselves are our necessities, and learn where the real hope and purpose of God is and focus all our energies, all our creativity, all our resources to those of the poor that this world has in great abundance. In this, we will show that we are truly disciples of Christ in our love for our brethren that is out of our sight and before this, out of our minds.

    It is TIME that the prayers of the forgotten are heard and answered! It is TIME for us to offer to the thirsty that CUP OF CLEAN WATER!

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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