Allow your heart to beat with God’s.
I have heard that phrase repeatedly in my life. Yet, each time I am freshly convicted. Each time the question is ringing in my soul, do I really care about what He cares about?
- There are 20.9 million victims of sex trafficking world wide. The average victim survives a hellish seven years in the trade before a premature death. Does it matter to you?
- 5.4% of the entire world population lives in addiction. Many of them will overdose. Does it matter to you?
- Today 125 people, in America alone, will take their own lives. These are fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses, children. Suicide makes up the tenth leading cause of death. Does it matter to you?
- 795 million people in the world right now will go to bed hungry. 1 in 7 of the entire populations starving. Yet, 1/3 of all food is wasted at the hands of those with abundance. Does it matter to you?
- 140 million children are dubbed “orphan.” Many of them are forced to live in abusive homes, fend for themselves on the streets, or spend their life in an orphanage waiting for an adoption that never comes. Does it matter to you?
Because it matters to God. They matter. These aren’t just empty numbers, they are people. I’ve seen them. I’ve missed opportunities to reach out to them until it was too late. I’ve walked the same streets they’ve walked, breathed the same air, and I have often looked away. But these aren’t just statistics to me anymore.
We in the West so quickly look away. We hear the numbers, perhaps we are saddened for a moment. But then life resumes, we go back to our comfort, our security, our plenty… they cannot.
Yet, Jesus knows them by name.
Every child trapped in slavery, every mother repeating the cycle of love and be left, the girl forced to give herself away as her only means of paying off debt, every man in the chains of addiction trying to escape his unbearable reality, every person going hungry, the child dying of starvation, the mother of 5 living with a devastating diagnosis of AIDs grieving for the uncertain future of her children, the fatherless, the widow, the teenager about to jump, the boy with a gun to his own head after shooting up his school in an attempt to alleviate his own pain, every orphan.
Do we really care? Because if we do not, then we need to question whether we are really of Christ. We must share His heart, take up His cause. Our hearts must beat for something greater than our own comfort.
Does it matter to you? Because they matter to Him.
Apathy and evil work hand in hand. Evil wills it, apathy allows it. Evil hates the innocent and defenseless most of all. Apathy doesn’t care as long as it’s not personally inconvenienced.Jake Thoene