Delivering Both Help and Hope

Some humanitarian organizations are well-known for often filling our television screens with images of the impoverished belly and the sad, tearful eyes of a starving child. For a small regular contribution, you can help provide this child with food, shelter, and access to a decent education until they reach adult life. Is the Christian even concerned about this? After all, people are destined to die once and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Should we bother feeding this child knowing that his or her real problem is spiritual and eternal? Christians can too easily find themselves on either side of two extreme views: (1) doing works of compassion that do not involve a message of redemption or (2) presenting a message of redemption that trivializes (or even negates) works of compassion. How do we find the right balance?

As in all things, our attitude toward hunger, poverty, and all other social issues must come from the one objective truth in God’s Word. Though it has been said, "Good facts make good ethics," any description of "good" for the Christian is identified only through faith in Christ and in His revealed truth (Romans 14:23). Furthermore, our views toward a lost and suffering humanity are not meant for the easy chair. If our worldview is purely descriptive of our position, it remains impotent (James 2:14–17). One could say that our worldview must have not only a mind but also a heart, arms, and legs.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]