An atheist, a brothel and complacent hearts.

I read a blog post today by Laura Parker (I highly recommend her blog) on how she’s learning to live like Jesus, being convicted by the thankless passion of an atheist she knows who spends his days searching brothels for child slaves and trying to free the women in the sex trade of SE Asia.

I can’t summarize Laura’s words and do them justice, so here’s a portion, but I suggest you read the whole thing yourself.

…several weeks ago, someone asked me what I thought was the biggest problem facing 20 and 30-something women in the American church today. And I’ve wrestled with the answer ever since. Maybe it’s too much religion or not enough time. Perhaps it’s an overabundance of things or a drought of true community. Maybe it’s a culture of materialism or pride or the all-encompassing Me.

I’m a big advocate for resting in the Lord and taking time to refuel. But I think our churches and our culture have a warped sense of entitlement for ‘me time’ that the apostles — and apparently even some atheists in SE Asia — don’t have. The truth is, we should pour out every ounce of life we have at Jesus’ feet, in honor of all He’s done for us and motivated by an unspeakable love that can really only be shown.

I dare you to read Laura’s post. You’ll have emotions after you do; share them in the comments. How do we address the complacency our Christian culture seems to condone?

— Tiffany

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kaleigh Ward says:

    I think one problem is that we all get so overwhelmed. There are so many needs. And we hear so much (at least I did in college…) about people who go about trying to help with too little knowledge and understanding and make things worse. I believe many are burdened with a desire to do something but have absolutely no clue how to serve and serve well. Not sure what the solution is here, but if we could better equip the burdened to act and impact, perhaps we would see more change…

    1. As always, Kaleigh, I love your insight. I think this is definitely a part of it, especially during the college years. In high school, I daresay parents, teachers and even the structure of student ministry at a lot of churches encourages us to be very focused on ourselves. In college, I experienced exactly what you’ve described: An overwhelming exposure to the need with little help seeing how I could effect change. As I experience after-college life, the solution seems to be this, although it’s hardly simple: To first and foremost find myself in love with Jesus daily, and to follow His Spirit’s leading. He’ll burden each of us differently to accomplish His purpose, and then send us step by step, but He has to first get our attention!

      1. Kaleigh Ward says:

        Well said! It’s wonderful how God places different passions on different hearts so that the body of Christ as a whole can enter a wide variety of dark places with the Light.

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