Today my Facebook feed is riddled with much fear and confusion and as much as I’d love to just complete this Buzzfeed “The Hardest National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quiz You’ll Ever Take” quiz – To remain silent would be wrong.
Friends praising the now 14, and growing, state governors that have written President Obama to attempt to opt out of their state receiving any (or anymore) Syrian refugees, my own state’s (TN) Caucus Chairman (Glen Casada) suggesting that we take the national guard and round up the refugees we currently have here. A reaction to fear, a terrible place to make decisions from.
I get it, it’s scary as hell with the recent attacks in Paris… But either this was a good idea or a bad idea, well before these attacks and thus merited action from these governors well before now.
Then there’s the opposite side of the coin;
Folks that feel like the only Christian response is to open our borders to any and all seeking asylum. Folks saying that it’s “the Christian thing to do”.
So here’s the hard fact;
You CAN NOT have it both ways. Either you want a Godly moral (God inspired) response or you don’t.
You can not take down the Ten Commandments, remove Jesus from schools, suspend coach Joe Kennedy in Washington for leading prayer after games, ignore the warnings of homosexualty being sinful (and legalize gay marriage) and then expect a moral ‘Christian’ response from a nation that you’ve tried to turn away from all the things of God. You can’t remove the compass and expect to find your way home, so to speak.
What does a Christ like response look like?
I do not know all the answers, I do know that decisions made from a place of fear are dangerous and suspect that if Jesus were walking the earth at this time, you may just find Him in the midst of these refugees. Sharing love and living life with them. Come Lord Jesus
It’s a fantastic time of year; we celebrate Christ coming as a babe to earth, with the sole purpose to live out a life without the hypocrisy that is so common to us all and give His life to redeem the world – So that we may be reconciled to right standing with God.
Immanuel, God with us.
Awoke at 2am with so many things on my mind;
From The Interview streaming online (Sony deciding it would stand up to threats of harm from it’s hackers) and international tensions stressing with N Korea, the 800 million people without clean water worldwide (and how that looks on the ground level; mothers without the option that have to give their babies water they know is killing them, the 40 billion hours that is invested each year walking to gather dirty water in Africa… What could we do if we could reclaim that time?), the media here in the US pushing the killings by cop of unarmed citizens to then do a 180 on their coverage when public outrage turns to executing cops in the streets…
This photo of a protester struck a strong cord with me, the fact that ANYONE could make this statement is heartbreaking and it got me thinking; Who are my heros?
All my heros pour out their lives for others; they’re marked by their passion to impact the world for change, known for their selflessness and admired for their vulnerability and love. A lot of cops fit this bill, as do a lot of stay at home moms and… That’s the beauty of it, all that’s required is to love those around you well.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas. I hope it’s filled with those who you love and service. I hope you’re inspired and I hope you seek out to restore dignity, fight against the legacy of unimportance so many we interact with on a daily basis live in and the Ministry of reconciliation
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
The planning has officially started for Help-Portrait 2013 Nashville with the leadership team!
So excited 🙂
If you have any ideas of ares we can improve or new ideas please leave a comment below, looking forward to sawing into the lives of some of Nashville’s neediest Dec. 7th 2013
I am grieved…
I am grieved by the news we received from one of our sponsored orphanages in Africa… One of these little orphans has died from malaria from a mosquito bite.
I am ashamed by the fact that this orphanage lacked the funds to provide what should be basic medicine and we were unable to assist.
Please pray for the orphans, they have basic needs both spiritual and physical that are not yet met.
I am ashamed…
I’m ashamed that I went to a movie last week and spent my $10.50 when that same money could literally provide almost two orphans with vaccine against malaria, I’m ashamed that I pay to leave lights on when I don’t need them, I’m ashamed that when I say I live and breath to help the helpless in the name of Jesus : My actions don’t really show it. I’m NOT ashamed of my God, I’m not ashamed of the Body of Christ : Although it does need a re-focusing in America for sure.
I am hopeful…
I am hopeful that God will provide and that This sweet boys life will not be for nothing. May it motivate us to act, may it motivate us to press in and grow deeper in our walk with Christ.
I am advocating…
Please do not get me wrong; I’m not advocating living like an orphan so every dollar can go to charity. I AM advocating making an actual sacrifice to help those less fortunate. I AM advocating making a difference in the world for better. I AM advocating leaving a living legacy behind. Maybe loosing a little of our comfort that we love so much (myself included).
If you are led to Give please do so : Please do pray for these orphans and for us as we walk out what God has called us to do.
Nashville Help-Portrait Dec 10th 2011
We Are Partnered With Help-Portrait To Plan & Facilitate The Nashville Event.
If You Aren’t Familiar With Help-Portrait.com – Watch This Short Video
Help-Portrait Is A Non-Profit Founded By Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart.
We Are Working With Jeremy & His Staff To Provide Over 500 Portraits To The Most Needy In Nashville.
Partnered With The Nashville Rescue Mission, The Salvation Army & Others.
We Will Provide Hair & Makeup, Portraits & Love & Respect To Single Mom’s & Dad’s – The Homeless – War Vets etc.
9am – 4pm.
We’ll Have Food Sponsored By Chick-Fil-A – Hot Coffee & Cocoa – Free Gifts For Everyone – A Bible & A Hug If You’d Like – We’ll Have Plenty Of Fun Stuff For The Kids To Do While Mom & Dad Are Getting Glammed-Up!
Santa May Even Have A Appearance To Take Some Shots With The Children…
Transportation Will Be Provided By A Local Non-Profit To & From The Shelters.
How Can I Be Involved?
We Need Photographers & Many Others To Make This Go Smoothly.
Do Hair Or Makeup? Great Contact Me NOW & Let Me Know You’d Like To Help.
We Need Picture Frames – Gifts For Kids & Adults – Nice Clothes & Hats etc. – Blankets
Sponsors For Parking Lot – Makeup – Photo Paper & Ink For Canon Pixma ip4820 Printers
The Value Of A Photograph…
We Are Not Promoting Free Photography – We Are Promoting The Value Of A Great Photograph!
It’s Amazing How Much A Photo Can Mean To Us – The Only Capture Of Me & My Child – The First Time Me & My Father Had A Portrait Made.
Most Of Our Clients This Day Will Have Never Had A Portrait Made Before This Day.
For Many – It Will Be The First Time – In A Long Time – That Someone Took The Time To Care And Respect Them.
Make No Mistake – We Believe In The Power Of A Great Photo & It’s Worth.
Micah G Robinson