Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Living A Faith That Bleeds


Okay - so I am making this post because I want everybody to go on over to the Red Letters Campaign and read about what they are doing. If that's not enough to get ya riled up - go out and buy the book "Red Letters" by Tom Davis. Or go read his blog.

I can't see how anyone could make it to the last page of that book, close it, say "I'm doing enough" and still feel good about themselves. I know I can't. That book reached right out and smacked me in the face from page 1. I tried to turn my cheek but it smacked me again.

Because we are NOT doing enough. Christians are not doing enough. Churches are not doing enough. I don't know why we, as Christians, have been okay with leaving it up to rock stars, celebrities and governments.

Jesus was really clear about it. And just in case there be any doubt, some translators and printers of the Bible showcased it in red lettering to really help us get it.

And we still missed it.

More on this later - but for now - go read that stuff for yourself. I would love to hear what other Christians think about those red letters and what us followers of Christ are doing in regards to the things He told us to do.

9 comments:

Gwen Oatsvall said...

I read it last summer and it changed so much about me ... Not only did it confirm God calling us to Africa, but it changed my prayer life, it changed the actions I am taking now ... I am intently advocating for the orphans of the world in my daily life...I will not sit by ...

There is a shout out to you on my last post ... praying for you each day!!!

Amy said...

Hey guys! My name is Amy Bottomly.... I am a fellow RLC blogger and wanted to say HELLO! I recognize many of your linked blogs as they are also my blog friends. :) Sounds like you have a little girl waiting for you in Ethiopia! We have a 15 month old son...we have been home with him for a year now. I can't believe that, but we have. Just saying hello hello! :)
Amy
www.bottomlysandethiopia.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

I knew you guys would love this. I can't wait for Mark to read this, and to make a plan to serve more.

Melinda said...

I just wanted to say hi from a fellow RLC blogger. I loved this book as well as "Fields of the Fatherless" both of them are excellent books that have changed me. I am so with you on Christians not doing enough. I am working on changing that in my church currently. It is God's heart and hopefully they will see that sooner than later. Praying for your baby as you wait to travel.
Melinda
www.devenougesfamily.blogspot.com

Angel said...

AMEN!!! Great post. We are so excited to have you on board at RLC. I heard you on the Ethiopia call today. Too cool. Angel

nancy said...

one of my favorite books! also, have you read "fields of the fatherless"? another great one.
Nancy

Anonymous said...

I actually just joined this blog a few weeks ago but have not yet read the book. I was going to the bookstore this weekend to try and find it while also getting a potty book (yeah, well, you'll need one too soon! LOL)

Anywho, just had to comment a big ole' AMEN! No, we are NOT doing enough. Another great book is "It's Not Okay With Me" by Janine Maxwell.

I could go on, but ...

Brandi said...

Hey fellow RLCer. .is that a new word?

Amen!! Have you read Fields yet? oh my. . talk about riled up!

Brandi

Lennah and Delylah's mom said...

You know we are thrilled for you guys. We cannot wait to meet her.
Cathy