What If?


The picture of that little boy lying on the beach will haunt me for as long as I live…..
His family was trying to escape in an overcrowded boat that capsized and the little boy drowned…

In the months that followed the world’s  attention was drawn to the growing problem of refugees like the family of this little boy.
People like you and I trying to escape the carnage and destruction, victims of a war they did not start.
Our attention was also drawn to the threat of terrorists who possibly were among them.
This is an issue many feel passionately about.
Some passionately demand that as a matter of national security no one from these countries should be allowed into our country.
Some just as passionately demand that anyone who can get here should be allowed in.
Does one view take precedent over the other?
I have heard the arguments from both sides.
As a Christian I take exception to those who normally mock Christian values, attempting to use them as a validation for unlimited immigration, but Ido not think as Christians we can dismiss the plight of those who have no agenda other than to live in safety for the sake of national security.
What is the answer?

Where exactly should our concern take us on this matter?
What is our responsibility?
And how do we fulfill that responsibility in our time?

When there is a very real fear that the helping hand we offer might be used against us?
It would be foolish and naive to not take into consideration that harm could come but, we cannot overlook Jesus stating that when we offer shelter, food, water and clothing to those in need we have done that for Him.

I do not claim to have the answers, but I do have a list of “what if’s” Some things to think about and pray about (I hope you will).
What if we started our quest to answer the questions with
“What is God’s purposes in this?”
And then take a moment to consider His answer.

What if  it were Gods plan to send refugees here?

What if God intended that each family be adopted, reached out to by a Christian family?

What if our focus was not just to”convert them” but to show them the genuine love and care Jesus talks about in Matthew 25 that leads to salvation?
(Too many times we allow the government to do the job of the church while we are busy with other more important things and then complain about the results.)

What if each one of these families were seeds planted by God to accomplish His purposes here and far beyond our borders ?

What if the fruit of each seed spread to nations you and I could never reach, changing the course of history and eternal destination for 1.6 billion people living in darkness?

What if God really meant what He said, that He gave His only Son that whoever believed in Him would not perish, and part of His plan to make that happen was to bring people from places where they are almost unreachable, to where they can be reached?

Almost 20% of the worlds population is mission field waiting to be reached.
What if it began here?



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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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