We don’t have normal tv. It was one of those things that we couldn’t afford that turned into a thing we chose not to afford. I am so thankful that God works through all these things. Anyway, instead of tv, we have Netflix which we pay something like $9 a month for. I am unashamed to say that Kipper and Super Why are sometimes lifesavers in our crazy household. This mama needs a heckuvalota grace, kapeesh?! ;-P
Anyway, tonight Nels and I watched 58: The Film on Netflix. It was truly fitting, after feeling so discouraged about the elections, the state of our nation, the state of our churches…(I cried more than once today and almost dressed in black! ha!) to have this amazing re-alignment of perspective. 58 is a film based on Isaiah 58 which says:
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.
(Isaiah 58:6-12 ESV)
This film was an amazing reminder of the poverty, physically and spiritually speaking, in so many places in the world. We are truly incredibly blessed. How is it that we live in an incredibly affluent society and yet so many of us rack up debt and outspend our income? How is it that we feel ‘strapped’ when there are so many who go without food and clean water?
58 highlights great work being done around the world in ending poverty and bringing the light of the Gospel to dark places. Wes Stafford of Compassion speaks on Jesus’ heart for the needy. It is absolutely inspiring to hear from those who are pouring out their lives for Christ’s sake.
I’m not sure what our response will be, though I know we must have one.
We are praying and searching our hearts, asking God to lead us in how we should steward our money and our lives. I appreciate your prayers for our family as we search this matter out, and I hope that you and your family will ask Him the same questions.
Watch 58: The Film, and visit the website (live58.org) for more information.
What ideas do you have for alleviating the awful poverty of ‘the least of these’ who were so dear to Jesus’ heart? How does your family make an impact?
P.S. Here is the trailer for the film