[They were] praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:47
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit America, many churches made efforts to support their communities. Many established food banks where community members could find staples. Some churches reached out to support frontline healthcare workers. And some held special services to honor and applaud those who were addressing the health and emergency needs in their community.
There was no precondition to receiving help, such as, “Are you a follower of Christ?” No—the help given was on the basis of human need, not religious affiliation. It was a way for Christians to say to their community, “We are in this struggle with you. We want to help meet the needs of our community during this difficult time.” They were following biblical precedent. In the early months of the new Church in Jerusalem, believers pooled their resources and supported those in need.
When the world sees the love of Christ in action, they see the Christ of love (John 13:35). If God shows you a way to love your community this week, follow through!
The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy. D. L. Moody
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