Very soon the world is going to be rocked by one all-encompassing world religion. The powers that are slowly putting this together, are operating all around us. We feel them and deal with them every day (Ephesians 6:12). The religion will be known as ‘InterFaith’ or something similar. The Pope is advocating for it’s introduction to the world – and to a worldly church involved in secularism  it would seem to make perfect sense, particularly with all of the rage being ‘tolerance’. In an InterFaith church there would be every kind of faith, every kind of belief and sexual deviancy allowed. Somehow the words of complete acceptance and tolerance would be preached. That is, tolerance and acceptance by Man, but NOT by God

It is utterly astonishing how we do not learn from our past mistakes. Back in the 1500’s something similar was happening when Christianity was split into two factions – the Protestants and the Catholics. This split happened at a time when the entire world [as it was known then], was permeated and stabilized by one all encompassing religion – Catholicism, because that world was colliding with the new ideas of the Renaissance. Today, we have the church as it is colliding with the ideas of Intermingled Faiths… One church with ‘Christians’, accepting that Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Johovahs Witnesses, Wicca, Satanism and every other ‘ism’ you can think of, all ‘worshiping’ in one building, supposedly all worshiping the same god…

What utter insanity! How can that even begin to make sense to any person claiming to be a Christian?

There is a group of people in the city who have been working for years to bring unity to the various churches. Nothing wrong with what they’re doing, I admire their tenacity and drive to keep doing something that is not improving the City in the slightest.

My take on this is that they are trying to do it at what I call the ‘heavenly level’ – getting pastors and bishops and reverends and dominees to come together and unite.

It has been my experience as a food safety trainer for the last 25 years that if I want to help a company improve it’s food safety audit, spending time talking with the managers in meetings and seminars and what have you achieves absolutely nothing.

If the company wants to improve it’s hygiene score, it is the people who handle the food themselves that have to be trained. In other words, the people on the ground…

Likewise, with the Kingdom of God.

We need to quit working at the ‘heavenly level’ and start working at the ‘street level’.

Working at the street level is far more effective – it’s the same level that Jesus worked at when He was here in the flesh of a human. He loved working with the pimps and prostitutes, drug addicts and drunks, the poor, the broken and the hungry.

Definitely the hungry…

And that’s what I have a heart to do.

Matthew Lunch…

Imagine…

Robin Hood video.

HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER ON THIS?

ANY project that is intended to really make a difference in peoples lives, simply cannot be a half-hearted attempt. Please DO NOT get me wrong here, I am NOT saying that all the incredible work that is already being done in the City of Port Elizabeth is a half-hearted attempt! It is ANYTHING BUT THAT. I know several wonderful people who are engaged in Christian Ministry work and they are doing a stunning job – so please don’t get me wrong here! But 100% of these people who do the stunning work of feeding and clothing the City’s poor and destitute, of taking prostitutes off the streets, of cleaning up and rehabilitating drug addicts…all of them to a one would tell you the same thing I am telling you now – they would all be more effective if they could work together, hand in hand, with each other…

There are a few pointers that will surely make a difference to the City Team of Care Workers.

  1) Share a common goal – have a common vision to work towards, such as a city that no longer experiences mass hunger; 
  2) Work as a team – sharing information between each other;
  3) In a team setting there have to be elements of trust and co-operation, there is no room for greed or singularly focused individuals;
  4) Where theology and doctrine are involved, share commonality;
  5) Although each ministry is entirely responsible for its own actions, including raising its own finances, would it not be possible to share a degree of                          responsibility in assisting each other with funding?
  6) Remembering at ALL TIMES that we are not doing this for ourselves, but for something far greater than we could think or imagine – the betterment of future        generations.

Sadly though, for the majority of us, when we engage in community work for the benefit of others, we tend to lie to ourselves when we tell ourselves that we are doing this for other people. If we are brutally and totally disruptively honest with ourselves, if we are honest the same way that Jesus is honest, we will be forced to admit that for a great part of the way – quite acceptably NOT the entire way – we are in this for ourselves. You can get angry with me, you can send me hate mail (as if I don’t get enough already!), but at some point in your life you are going to be forced to face yourself and the question on your own lips to yourself will be, “Did I really do this for Jesus, or did I do it for myself?”

How can YOU get involved?

OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS WE ARE GOING TO BE…

 

 

Irrespective of ethnicity, age or gender, we will be giving people HOPE through generous distribution of food and clothing.

It is utterly astonishing what can be achieved when a community comes together as a family…

 

 

Collecting all sorts of stuff that people have in their spare bedrooms, attics, basements and garages… Cleaning up what needs to be cleaned up and having serviced whatever needs to be serviced, and redistributing this stuff to people who genuinely want to create jobs for themselves or employment opportunities for others within their communities…

This will be known as Operation Robin Hood, for obvious reasons…

 

 

 

Uniting with hopefully hundreds of men from dozens of different churches in the City and spending our Sundays (not every Sunday) making and baking bricks. These bricks will then be available free to anyone who wants to build a church or a school, or any other structure that is intended for the good of the community. They will not be freely available for someone who wants to build a house for themselves.

 

 

CAN I SHOW YOU ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS I HAVE EVER SEEN?

Here you see the hands of a coloured person and a white person, working together side by side as they wash the feet of a black person. Taken by Adele Liebich at The Matthew Lunch in 2014, this is a photograph that catches a poignant moment in time – unscripted and perfectly natural. Oh that this was the real world instead of a single event at an outreach to the City and not naturally common place at all…

Would YOU like to get involved?

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