In case your head has been in the sand this past week, you know that a global tragedy has been occurring in the city of Aleppo. Some of you might not realize that this is just 100 kilometers south of me and that I am regularly meeting with refugees, some of whom are from this city. When I have challenged you on days 10 and 12 to get up and go, it is not just your average social justice warrior raging at the world. It is more like Paul telling Timothy, follow me as I follow Christ. I think if Jesus was on earth today he would be living in a place like Aleppo. But then again, iif we are here then Jesus is living on earth today. So where are we? There have been many hundreds who have answered this call, but why has this area not been virtually flooded with people who do not simply claim to be Christians but actually live it out? Where was the church when Aleppo fell?
[EDIT: If youtube is blocking this video on your device try the facebook version here]
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First of all, may I share this on my blog and FB? Then, I am at a loss for words. Yes, we know about Aleppo and cannot in any way fathom what has happened there. Besides sincere prayer, how can we help? Seriously, what can brothers and sisters in America do? I am willing. I believe many others would also be willing. Bless you.
Yes. Always. I just want to point out that youtube says this song is blocked on “some devices” and some people on my facebook said they can not see it.
I can’t even imagine the conditions and the fear of parents and children. Part of the problem and solution is how donating money to causes makes us feel like we are doing something. I imagine some churches donated mission money. I have no excuse for not being there. You have asked a critical question as there will be more situations like this. Actually, there are many happening right now…the media tends to be single issue focused.
Reblogged this on Pete Gardner Psalms and commented:
A message we all need to hear, Please reblog!
Thank you for the challenge. I can’t imagine living that close, never mind living there!
Reblogged this on merry christmas and commented:
AS WE CELEBRATE IN AMERICA, WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT FOR MANY OF OUR OPPRESSED BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN PLACES LIKE ALEPPO ‘PEACE ON EARTH’ DOES NOT EXIST.
Have you amended this post with a photo captioned “Merry Xmas, Aleppo liberated” ? It appeared on my Facebook link to your site.
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I ignored this yesterday because – well I wasn’t going to pack up and go to Syria and it seemed hypocritical to reblog it because of that. Today I read about 9 deaths in Vancouver Eastside Thursday night because they overdosed on drugs. At the weekend I heard about people living in tents very close to our church building.
I might not be able to go to Syria, but the challenge here applies for every situation and some of them are too close to me for any excuses.
Where is the church when so much sad and bad happens. Our selfishness must make God weep.
Today, I posted an article about how the children in Aleppo were being affected by this nightmare. I got the following response from a man I barely know, but who is well-connected in our evangelical, missions-minded denomination: “Well when your religion says to kill the infidels…you get what’s coming to you? And don’t give me your ridiculous theories!”
And there it is. The elephant in the sanctuary: Hearts of stone. And here it is: “Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps! But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 23-24)
Thank you for helping us acknowledge and address our complacency.
Hi Beejai, I waited a few days to respond to this posting. At first I was a bit defensive because there is so much injustice in our world, especially with innocent children and innocent people and many of us try to help out the less fortunate locally where we live but you are correct. We, the body of Christ, should be a greater witness to this particular gross injustice in Aleppo. No excuses. Forgive us Lord.
I am thankful for your witness there and hold you up in prayer nightly. I will also continue to assist you financially as I am able. I sincerely do wish you a Blessed Christmas.
Thank you. Sorry for the late response, but I have been dealing with a mild bout of the flu and haven’t even been online for a couple days. Mostly better now. I always appreciate your encouragement and even more, your prayers.