Good Folks, it is Friday, May 5, 2017, also known as “May Friendship Day.” There are 29 days until the Day of Pentecost. Read Acts 2:1-13; then you have a response to the power of Pentecost (vv14f).
I am a fan of National Public Radio (NPR). Recently the host was interviewing a chef who made a claim that “chefs are first responders to hunger.” Another claim was that he calls himself a “food activist” because he advocates for nutritional foods over non-nutritional ones. There are a few issues I want to visit about in these two statements.
“Chefs are first responders to hunger” is probably not entirely correct, but I would say that they are one of many first responders to hunger. Many folks are involved in food drives to fill the shelves of food banks. Our own “Open Table” helps feed the hungry, with a bag of canned goods to supplement their own pantries for a while.
I applaud chefs who will leave their kitchens and go the forefront of cooking onsite, with minimal stoves, sinks and commercial kitchen hardware and make do. And make delicious meals for other “first responders” of emergency care and support, and the many families affected by a disaster. This is a powerful ministry and graciously welcomed.
“Food activist.” I know that my mother was the first “food activist” in my life, “You will eat your oatmeal, and anything else I put on the table.” I cannot remember going to bed hungry, ever. I was the fourth born, so I had three older siblings that had first dibs on the choice pieces of chicken momma cooked. After my father was served first… How many food activists are telling us, usually unwanted advice, this is bad for you or this green vegetable will help with your iron levels.
Activist: an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, especially a political one. (Dictionary.com)
Notice that more folks are adding to their resume: Activist. You will not get push back from me regarding the use of the word; however, I believe that we have diluted its strength and potential when the word can be used or just about any cause, political or not.
Years ago the phrase “cause of Christ” surfaced. In addition, “cause for Christ.” Both are important because of the ultimate purpose, “Christ.” In both instances, because Christ is our purpose and passion, a difference happens in people’s lives.
Recently tornadoes devastated a swath of area east of Dallas, Canton and surrounding areas. Death and destruction left many folks homeless, in great grief of the death of a friend/family member and seemingly hopelessness of the moment. Our church sent health kits to the First United Methodist Church of Canton to have them distributed to the necessary folks. Our small part to a very large rebuilding effort.
Enough about activists. Most folks are “especially active” and are a “vigorous advocate” of a cause. Choose your cause wisely. Do it for all the right reasons. I choose Christ, first. I invite you to do the same.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank