Saw something over at the Catalyst Blog, where they were mentioning this article that Gordon Macdonald wrote. Here’s the link to the specific post I’m talking about: http://www.catalystspace.com/catablog/wp-trackback.php?p=148
This quote is the interesting part that made me go “hmmm” and I’m hoping that it will make me (us) stop and think for a moment:
When Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffet fork over billions (billions!) of dollars to deal with poverty, eradicate disease, find clean water, freshen the air, and educate the young, could God (just humor me here!) be saying to those who (like myself) claim an essential orthodox foundation of belief, “If you will not be known for doing these things unto to the least of my brothers, then I will use others not of your fold to get the job done.”
I like this idea though, that God has this desire, or plan, or values, or whatever… and He’s going to get it done with or without us Christians. I suppose that this thinking could potentially make us apathetic, because if God’s going to do it anyways, then why should we even bother trying to make a difference…
But, instead, what if we let this idea motivate and invigorate us to be a part of what God is already doing… It can put the focus back onto God and what He’s doing, and put us in our proper place of reliance on God and not on our strengths, abilities, or “our own understanding.” Don’t we want to be part of the solution, rather than (at best) passive onlookers, and/or (at worst) part of the problem?