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Being a Christian in a Global Community

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We live in a world that is much smaller than it used to be. Things like satellites and the internet have made global communications simple and easy. We can now communicate with someone halfway around the world on our cell phone. We receive news from other countries as it is happening. We belong to online communities comprised of people from different cities, states, and countries. The interactions we have with individuals on a daily basis is no longer limited to the people who live in close proximity to us.

The news we receive and care about is global in nature. Not too long ago, we received news from the daily newspaper and maybe at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., but now we have 24-hour news. There are multiple channels that broadcast nothing but news. Talking heads constantly discuss issues that may have little to do with our lives. Newspapers have been replaced by online news sources where news is reported as soon as it is received. We are reminded of big issues and global events throughout the entire day.

These little changes are impressive. Technology and progress can be beneficial, but they also influence the way we see things, including our faith. Rather than focus on how we treat our neighbor, we begin to think in global terms. We think we must make this gigantic impact on the way things are. We think we must save the world. This can be quite dangerous because it sets us up for failure.

What does the Bible expect of us? Jesus came to save the world, but we are not expected to do the same. In fact, it would be wrong to think we can do what God alone is capable of doing. What is required of us is to be faithful to what is before us. We are to love God and love our neighbor. We are to love our enemies. We are to help those in need. When our focus becomes global rather than local, we can either become burdened by the overwhelming work there is or use it as an excuse to neglect the people God has placed right in front of us. Neither is good.

We are not a failure for our inability to change the world. God is not looking for superheroes. He is looking for faithful servants who will do his will. When we do the things God has asked us to do, then we can rest assured that we are pleasing in his sight. When we go out into our own community and feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the orphans and widows then we have done what God has called us to do.

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