Last night American Idol hosted a charity event where they raised money for poverty stricken children in the US and Africa. Present last night were many celebrities who gave moving pleas for donations. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is good and helpful. However, I just could not shake a feeling of sadness that these children will not hear the truly GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST!!! Yes, they need food, clothes and school supplies, but more than all that they need to know our Savior! Unless the Gospel message accompanies these gifts of food, clothing,and medical supplies it is just a temporary fix to a very urgent spiritual need! Jesus Christ met people’s physical, mental and emotional needs, but he also offered faith in himself which is our eternal hope! Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
and Psalm 42:5 “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” and Psalm 68:4-6 “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds-his name is the LORD-and rejoice before him. A father too the fatherless, and a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing…” also Deut. 10:17, 18 “For the LORD your God is God of gods and LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality, and accepts no bribes. He defends and cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.” But what is our part? First, prayer is the most important thing we can do. Let us pray for wisdom about who to give our money to. Pray for the many orphans, prisoners, and widows who need the Lord! Instead of giving money to American Idol or other charities that don’t share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, give to organizations that bring eternal hope along with medical supplies, food and clothing! Try looking at http://www.medicalteams.org/ (formerly NW Medical teams) or give to missions agencies or missionaries from your local church!

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