Ok y’all: I promise that I did not get you to read this book to feel like we are all a terrible people. Really. I did not.
And I also promise that the story that is weaved into this book will change your life – at least it did mine.
Stay with me. Don’t get frustrated or feel like you are the worst person on the planet. We are ALL in this together.
Here’s what stuck out for me in today’s reading:
I’ve discovered there are more than two-thousand verses involving poverty, physical oppression and justice, and the redistribution of resources. Where had I been for my entire adult life? What Bible was I reading? How had I interpreted those passages as God’s intention to bless me a little more than I had already been blessed? [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 19]
Hey, here’s something crazy: In the Word, poverty, widows, hunger – these are not metaphors. There are billions of lambs that literally need to be fed. With food. [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 20]
Because the thing is, they are all saying the same thing, and I’ve been either a narcissistic moron or a blind fool my entire life because I managed to miss the point. For all my self-proclaimed love of God’s Word, what I really loved were the parts that worked for me. For my good. For my blessings. [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 20]
So what are the problems of the poor? [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 21]
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? – James 2: 14-16
What stood out to you? How are your thoughts changing? What are you looking at differently these days?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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