by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, October 20, 2016
I owe you an apology. I made an “executive decision” as pastor that because of all the things going on in our own church financially and because of the costs of up-coming events, that we wouldn’t truly participate in “World Hunger Sunday”. That was just flat out wrong. Sunday afternoon I took my usual nap with a stomach very full of the amazing feast we had at Pastor and Staff Appreciation Day. I awoke to a TV commercial about Wendy’s new chicken sandwich, described as “ a juicy, all-white meat chicken breast fillet, marinated in a blend of herbs, topped with a smoky honey mustard, vibrant spring mix and fresh-cut tomato, all served on a toasted multigrain bun”. There was then a promo for a Food Network program where celebrity chefs are given a certain set of ingredients and challenged to prepare a gourmet meal.
Don’t get me wrong….I like my food savory and I eat a lot of it. And, yes, I've actually eaten one of those Wendy’s chicken sandwiches. But I'm an idiot. Somehow I think I didn’t please God nor obey Jesus’ command to love my neighbor as myself. I was selfish and short-sighted. Desperate people around the world are literally starving and I decided not to help and not to challenge the people who look to me for leadership to sacrifice for the good of others. And actually “sacrifice” is a strong word to use to describe giving some of my discretionary cash to feed a hungry child.
There is no program I trust more than the Southern Baptist Convention World Hunger Day to make the best use of my monetary gifts to feed the truly hungry people around the world. So on November 6 we will participate a month late in “World Hunger Day”. I urge you to pray earnestly about your gift and challenge you to give sacrificially.
I also have a new TV program in mind. We take a planeload of celebrity chefs to Ethiopia or Burundi, give them some old rice, a small fish, and dirty water from the creek. The challenge is to cook something they and the average American would eat.
As usual, say something good about your Savior and about His Church here at Bluff Park.