Fast forward to today. I'm working like a dog this week (what does that expression mean, anyway?!? Most dogs I see just lay around!)to make my end-of-the-month tutoring deadlines and an e-mail comes in from Ron Sider. Not a personal e-mail, of course, but one sent out, I imagine, to all people associated with Evangelicals for Social Action. The e-mail is a plea in light of the potentially devastating cuts in the House of Representatives that currently empower the poor--in the USA and abroad. The cuts would impact "Head Start, Pell Grants, WIC, economic foreign aid that prevents millions from dying from AIDS and malaria in Africa; on and on."
This time, what ESA and Ron Sider are pleading with us to do is fast. Fast for this week, starting today. It can be a meal or two a day, water only...or any other thing that is on your heart. For the sake of the poor in America and around the world. I think about it for a sec: "That's really cool that they're doing that. Maybe I should. No, fasting for a meal makes me feel SO hungry and grumpy and it's a busy week, so not this time," I reason.
Then I think about last night's conversation.
I want to blow it off, too, but a Voice is whispering. Don't be a hypocrite. You say this is a value of yours--helping the poor. Especially in Africa. This is directly related to that and you're about to turn away. Don't. Please.
And so, because of the community and because of obedience, I am listening. Because I don't want to worship the god of convenience anymore. All he cares about is himself, and I know there's no value in that.