Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
-Helen Keller

What is the moral and ethical responsibility of the Christian regarding the less fortunate? Is it important for us to take care of the needy, the orphan, the widow, the oppressed? As we survey society right now there is a lot of conversation about this topic and what responsibility government has to play. But what is our responsibility as followers of Jesus?

Does it anger you when you see suffering occur?
Does it anger you when you see people being oppressed?
Does it anger you when you see a widow struggling?
Does it anger you when you see an orphan cry out?

More often than not we turn a blind eye to it all. If you are like me you probably drive up to a busy intersection, look at the cardboard sign, make a judgement and look away. It is too easy to make judgements on our fellow human being. It is hard to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Every time I come up to an intersection I have to remind myself that Jesus said, “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:42, NIV).

Jesus calls us to a higher standard. I am trying to open my eyes and my heart to the needs around me. This week as we continue our Nehemiah: Building on the Will of God series, we see that the people of Israel are in a real crisis situation. Famine has hit. People are suffering. People are dying. Nehemiah calls the people to action and this call to action is what we will be studying. In preparation for this study ask yourself the following question.
“Is God calling me to action, Is He calling me to open my eyes, to open my heart?”

May we become the hands, feet, eyes and heart of Jesus in our sphere of influence!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Geraldo