We have a new senior pastor at church so it is time to reflect on servant evangelism again. It has been our thing for the last twenty years. So as we embark on this journey of saying we are changing but not really changing, here are some words from Donald Sensing to keep in mind as we try to reinvigorate our passion for servant evangelism. If Jesus is King then is servant evangelism the crown prince?
By Donald Sensing
But the trick is discerning what it is that actually helps the poor. Too often we wind up treating them like pets rather than people who are, and should be related to, as responsible moral agents on their own.
And unfortunately, churches are frequently targets of what I call the "professional poor," people who make most of their actual living in scamming charitable givers. In fact, the actual majority (by far) of the supplicants who come to my church are that category.
It’s no wonder that many people are tapped out and suffer from compassion fatigue.
In the biblical model of helping the poor, the primary responsibility always rested with blood kin, then with the clan, then with the synagogue (later, church), but was never seen as the responsibility of the government. We have utterly reversed that today so that most people see primary responsibility for assistance resting with faceless government agencies.
But whenever someone wants to lower government spending to leave more money in the hands of private citizens, with which they could then increase personal assistance to the needy, well then then we are told we hate the poor and have no compassion.
So Colbert’s cute quote wears a little thin. Paying taxes does not equal Christian compassion.