Who is my neighbor?

In words of the great Lutheran Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “We have literally no time to sit down and ask ourselves whether so-and-so is our neighbor or not. We must get into action and obey – we must behave like a neighbor to him. But perhaps this shocks you. Perhaps you think you ought to think out beforehand and know what you ought to do. To that there is only one answer. You can only know and think about it by actually doing it…It is no use asking questions for it is only through obedience that you come to learn the truth.”

In Jesus, the service and love of God and the service and love of our brothers is one.

To love God is to love others. To love others is to love God.

There is only one way forward as people who love God, and that is to love these Haitians as much as humanly possible.

Don’t ask why.

Don’t think too long about what you are going to do.

Don’t consider all the options before moving forward or consider who your neighbor is.

You want a piece of advice?

Move forward, in Jesus’ name, in love for Haiti.

Respond in radical sacrifice, radical prayer, radical worship, radical donation, and radical obedience.

One day, Jesus says, we will face our Creator and He will say, “Whatever you did to the least of these who did for me.” Haiti is the least of these.

If someone were to ask you if you are a Christ-follower, can you tell them to just look at the trail of crumbs on your blazed trail?

This isn’t legalistic advice. We can’t earn anything by being sacrificial.

It’s just our role, our call.

See, God tells human beings that we are his PLAN A in life. We are given dominion over this earth. There is no PLAN B.

It is up to you and I to respond in love and partner with God to bring hope and healing to Haiti.

“I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned. In awe of the one who gave it all. I’ll stand my soul Lord to you surrendered. All I am is yours.”

All I am is yours…

If all you are is God’s, then let God use you to love your neighbor, Haiti, as much as possible.

Please consider responding by donating financially to World Vision, gently-used or new shoes to Soles4Souls, or purchasing a T-Shirt.

Just a FRACTION of shoes collected

** Adapted from a reading at It’s a LOVE HAITI thing on Saturday, February 13th.

* Free Book by Brian Tome

Something is holding you back.

You feel like a prisoner to sin, unhealthy emotion, etc.

In other words: You aren’t free.

If this is you, then Free Book by Brian Tome is a book you should read.

As followers of Christ, we are told that Jesus came to set the captives free. Why then, Tome asks, are so many Christians struggling to experience the kind of freedom God wants us all to experience?

According to Tome, freedom is possible. In fact, God wants it. Freedom isn’t for later. It’s for now. Of course, it’s going to take a lot of work, patience, and endurance. It will take an offensive spiritual attack on the enemy. It will take unbalancing your life long enough to slam your shoulder into the bondage.

But freedom is possible.

The best part of the book was Tome’s ability to describe the balance of grace and truth. In order to be free, we must be people who equally communicate grace AND truth.

If you are an avid reader of Christian books, this book might not be for you. For one, it is overly simple at times. Further, any time someone writes a book without a significant amount of biblical sourcing and other sourcing, it requires trust in the author’s opinions.

However, if you are someone who struggles with freedom or doesn’t fully understand what God wants for you in THIS lifetime, I believe you will appreciate Tome’s candor and down to earth writing style.