Matthew 9:35-38 (KJV)
 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages,teaching in their synagogues, and preaching thegospel of the kingdom, and healing everysickness and every disease among the people.
 But when he saw the multitudes, he wasmoved with compassion on them, because theyfainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheephaving no shepherd.
 Then saith he unto hisdisciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the
labourers are few;
 Pray ye therefore the Lordof the harvest, that he will send forth labourers
into his harvest.
Matthew 9:36 (AMP)
When He saw the throngs, He was moved withpity and sympathy for them, because they werebewildered (harassed and distressed anddejected and helpless), like sheep without ashepherd
There have been some recent news worthy events that have me thinking. Truthfully, theyhave taken me to a fork in the road.
The choices seem easy but as I stand at that fork, I check each path to make sure that I make the
Then I am reminded that my choice does not speak to simply a couple of news articles but myattitude toward the broken lives that live outside the four walls of the church, in my neighborhood,my community and my world.
How should the church respond to the death of superstars because of drugs and alcohol?
How should the church respond to pure evil being portrayed by musical artists on live TV?
I know what the responses were from Twitter and Facebook, but the true question remains...How
would Jesus respond?
In John the 8th chapter, a woman that was caught in the very act of adultery was brought toJesus. This woman was broken, her life hanging in the balance and two groups emerged.
One thought she was a candidate for death
The other a candidate for grace
Grace does not mean compromise, nor does it require tolerance of sin, but it reveals the love ofJesus Christ to those in need.
The doctrine never changes. The truth of God remains, but if we condemn instead of love thenblood will be our our hands.
When the church witnesses broken lives, a fork in the road emerges.
Do we condemn or love?
Do we show mercy or shun?
Do we reach or withdrawal?
There are those in our community that need tosee the love of Jesus Christ. Their are those that their brokenness become evident and is transmitted through the news media.
During their time of brokenness and no direction, they may make decisions that are "ungodly" butthat is the time that we reach out to them andlove them. that is the time that we do as Jesus and have pity.
The church is a place of safety. A city of refuge. The stop for weary travelers in life so they can find the rest that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
When we condemn or judge others for the path that their journey has taken, we also have chosen the wrong path.
When standing at the fork in the road, be sure to choose the path that is covered in prayer and love, because like Jesus, we need to have pity for our city.
Lost causes and broken lives is the business of the church.
We will never reach the hungry if we feed them stale bread.
We will never reach the ones with no direction or purpose if we point fingers instead of pointing the
We will never reach the hopeless, if we don't show them Jesus
But if we first condemn, we will never reach anyone.
The next time you see something that is not pleasing to God, pray, reach and love.