Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Message from Phil Adams, Principal JH/SH & Central Elementary

Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'

Matthew 25:34-40 English Standard Version

Back in the day, the “Social Gospel” was used as a pejorative. And yet, Jesus cares about the physical well being of His brothers. We should too. Of course, the answer to man’s deepest need is not clothing, water, food, or companionship. We know from elsewhere in scripture that the “living water” has more value in the long run than the physical kind. And yet, how often do we pass on opportunities to be a blessing as unto the Lord because a person’s heart seems not ready to accept Christ? I am proud of the response many of our junior high and high school students have shown to the Streetlight Ministry and the Invisible Children. I believe our churches, families, and society will be in good hands.

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