Friday, April 15, 2011
Feed the Hungry: Is it that Simple?
Then, they looked around and noticed a crowd gathering in the distance watching them. As they noticed this, they couldn't help but think that the people watching them probably hadn't had a substantial meal that day, or potentially, in days. Then they thought of the money that they had in their pockets.
Wow, this seems like a perfect opportunity for them to help. They had enough money to completely buy out the lady of food, providing much needed income for her and her family. The food could then be given out to the crowd watching that was obviously hungry. Perfect!
If you were watching this unfold with me on my tv, you would have heard me saying "no, no, NO, NO, NO!" As the men began to unfold their plan, what I feared played out. Men began yelling, people began pushing, arguing rang out. A guy with a belt began hitting people and kids were being thrown to the side.
Anthony Bourdain then began to talk in the background. Him and his crew were heartbroken. What they thought was a good idea, the right thing to do, caused utter chaos.
Jesus says this in Matthew 25: 35-40:
35 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
I do believe that Christ is the ultimate provider and fullfiller of the needs of Haiti. I also believe that God is sending His people to be His hands and feet. So in an effort to start some dialogue, if you were in Anthony Bourdains situation, what would you do?