Monday, May 3, 2010

100 Crashing Jet Liners

I'm reading a book right now by Richard Stearns, called The Hole in our Gospel.

Ever heard of it?

Did you know that there is a hole in the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Did you know that hole is you and me?

Let me give you a bit of a background on Mr. Stearns.

He rose very quickly up the corporate ladder,

and became CEO of a company in his early 30s.

His job, previous to his current one, was CEO of Lennox..

you know...the fancy dishwear?

He owned a 10 bedroom home on lots of acres.

He drove a jaguar.

He was married with 5 kids.

He was actively involved in his church, community, his

kids went to great schools, he had a great marriage.

Then, God knocked...loudly...and continuously for months.

Mr. Stearns was not comfortable with what God was asking him to do.

But it was made clear by some "coincidences" that he needed

to obey God's calling.

So, he left his CEO position, uprooted his family,

downsized his home, got rid of his jaguar,

and took a 75% paycut.

Yes... a 75% paycut!

That's a dumb move from the world's perspective.

He became the president of World Vision US.

So, as I'm reading his book, I come across a chapter

entitled One Hundred Crashing Jetliners.

Let me attempt to paraphrase the idea behind this chapter.

Let's say we woke up tomorrow and all over the news was

mayhem because 100 jetliners had crashed, killing

26,500 people.

Can you imagine what would be going on around the world at that point?

Really...think about it.

The governments around the world would be in a panic.

Airports shut down.

No-fly zones.

Military aircraft monitoring our skies.

FBI, CIA...all agencies on high alert.

Society would be scared and frantic.

What on earth happened? How can we stop this from happening again?

But wait...the next day it happens again.

100 jetliners, and 26,500 people.

Day 3...same thing.

Day 4...again.

I think people would really think the end of the world was upon us.

Reality is, this peril does happen everyday, just not from

crashing jetliners.

26,5000 is the number of children that die EVERY DAY

because of poverty.

It happened yesterday, it's happening as I type this,

and it will happen tomorrow.

We're all aware of this.

Our governments know what's going on,

but do you see dignitaries or officials stopping

to address this?

(OK...a few days in a devastated area does not count.

These people don't need pep talks by rich, famous

people. They need dedicated workers.)

Are we, especially Christians who

are called to help those in need, doing anything to help?

Why not? Because it's not next door to us?

Because we don't want to part with money that

could help?

Because we don't trust that our money will go to the right place?

Because we don't want our day burdened with bad news?

It's time, my friends, to get out of your comfort zone.

Step out and watch God do miracles.

No, we can't help everyone today...

but one person at a time is all it takes.

What are you going to do now?


Sugar Momma said...

Probably my all time favorite book!! Loved this one so has the ability to straight up change you or at the very least gives you the information and insight that there is no way you will be same after reading it :) Have you read any of Shane Claiborne???

Laura said...

Haven't read it yet, but here is an article someone linked from another blog that references it!

Karin said...

Sounds like an awesome book--I'll have to check it out! Thank you!! :)

Megan said...

Wonderful post, Angie. Hits me right there. Hard.

Kristin said...

Thanks for the book review. This one's on my list now!