by Jeff Tunnell
In our community there are multiple social agencies that assist the needy; poor, abused, substance abusers (drugs/alcohol), single parent, domestic violence, transportation services, food for elderly shut-ins, food banks, thrift stores, etc. They all compete for Govermnent funding to continue their noble efforts, while looking to the community for donations. and manpower.
Aren’t these works the responsibility of the Body of Christ? I reflect that if these agency leaders became believers in Jesus and followed their heartfelt (perhaps inborn) desires, they would then become the organizers of the “arms” of our Savior reaching into out surrounding populaiton.
We stand back saying something like this, “Our small congregation does not have the resources to meet all these needs, so let’s allow the social action groups (non-christian) take the job. After all, they can qualify for funding where a religious group cannot.” However, I contend that a balanced, life-giving cell church would have all they need if they were winning the lost to Christ and utilizing the generosity of believers (Acts 2:42-47) as in the early church formations.
How can the church become the answer to Social needs?