Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds



This past weekend, I finished the book called Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds by Tom Davis. I have to say that the book was definitely heart wrencing at times. BUT, it was one of the best books that I have read in a long time.

In the book, he tackles a very difficult issue and that issue is the HIV/AIDS epedemic that our world is facing and sharing. There were personal stories that he has witnessed that he places through the book that absolutely make you cry and you will be screaming; THIS IS NOT FAIR !!!!

The back cover of the book sums the book up beautifully when it writes the following:

Why aren't we doing more to be Christ's hand and feet ?

In many Bibles, Christ's words are set apart with red letters. This distinction reminds us that when God becomes Man and speaks, it is probably something w can not afford to miss. So, why doesn't the church take these "red letters" to heart? Why aren't we being Christ's hands and feet to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weary, the ill, the fatherless, the prisoners? Why has the church shrinked its responsibilities, leaving the work to be done by goverments, rock stars and celebrities?

The gospel wasn't only meant to be read - it was meant to be lived. From the HIV crisis in Africa to a single and abused and lonely child in Russia, the church must seize the opportunity to serve with a radical, reckless abandon.


Over the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the stories and then list some organizations that are helping those in need. Maybe, you can find it in your heart to help or spread the news.

3 comments:

Wonder Woman said...

Aids a difficult subject due to the vast amount of people who still believe it's a disease caused largely by people's actions or inactions, as it were.

However, what about the children born with, subjected to, raped, etc... now contracted with Aids and/or HIV?

How sad it is to be clumped into a lot of selfish human beings :(

I do hope you'll share some lighter moments of your read with us as well as the heavy :)

WW ....Whhooooooooooooosh!

Susan said...

I'll be watching for your postings. While I don't personally know anyone with the HIV issue, my nephews and neice were adopted from Ukraine. They have similar health issues that cause social stigmas.

It's heart wrenching. They're the sweetest kids in the world (next to mine!).

Jeff Greathouse said...

WW:

He does a good job on "debunking" some of the myths and showing that Jesus did not ask how/why of the pain and sufferring; he just helped.

Susan:

It is heart-wrenching. I am looking forward to sharing some of the stories and providing information on organizations that are helping.