Home Updated October 27, 2007 David Mays
Feeding the (Spiritually) Hungry
Christians often struggle with why we should spend so much effort 'going over there' when there are so many needs 'right around here.' Some are genuinely concerned about local problems and people. Some don't have a clear picture of what much of the world is like. This word picture is an attempt to help us see the importance of going where the gospel is unavailable by comparing it with an imagined physical situation.
Imagine three scenes:
People nearby are starving. These are people in your neighborhood or downtown. They are hungry, malnourished. They need food. They need to eat. But they are not eating: they are starving.
These people are surrounded by food - good, healthy, wholesome food. Further, they know many people who eat. But they don't like food. They don't want to eat.
People further away are starving. You don't see them, except on TV. You don't drive through their neighborhoods. They are hungry, malnourished. They need food. They need to eat. But they are not eating: they are starving.
However, these people can't eat. They have no food. There is no food available. There is no food in sight. There is no food within walking distance and they have no cars. There is no one to bring food to them. There is simply no opportunity to get food. Further, they may have never seen food. They don't know anyone who eats. They may have heard rumors about eating but it is a strange idea to them.
If food were available some of them might not eat. But others would certainly eat and become healthy -- and further, some would grow food, and feed others around them!
Scene #3. You have food, plenty of food, good healthy food, more than you can eat, food to spare.
1. Would you take some of your food to people who have no food, even when there are many people nearby who aren't eating?
2. How would you explain this to people who don't understand why you do it?