New York Times Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof recently offered many positive remarks about Evangelicals’ growing commitment to relieve poverty and suffering worldwide. Kristof, who is not an Evangelical, highlights World Vision a largely Evangelical relief ministry. For somebody who seems largely skeptical of our beliefs, Kristof is supportive of our actions of compassion. He even goes as far as to say that if the US government stopped funneling aid money through faith-based groups the results would be “catastrophic.”
The Good News of Jesus Christ is that God is establishing his Kingdom on earth and he offers peace to us, His enemies, through our trust in Christ. God’s Kingdom is not something that is just in the mind, it is something that is to be lived out. In many respects, those of us who have our hope in Christ have not lived out his Kingdom in our love for those around us. On the contrary, many of those who do not have their only hope in Christ have sometimes done a better job at loving their neighbors, but have done so apart from the True King. Living out God’s Kingdom is to both fully love God and our neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). I’m encouraged to see Evangelicals’ growing commitment to a fuller Gospel, and to manifesting the Kingdom in Word and deed. This is where there is truly power. Jesus said, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Based on Kristof’s remarks we are going in the right direction.