An Overview of True Christian Charity in the 21st Century
A meaningful life is the one lived to help and serve humanity, and that is the central message around which Christianity revolves. Here is an overview of true Christian charity that would have a great impact on humanity in the 21st century.
What is Charity?
The ministry of Jesus Christ of Nazareth represents the totality of a way of life that is meant to be lived for others. As a candle burns to give light to people in a dark place, so also, a true Christian must demonstrate the light and the love of God towards meeting the needs of humanity. That is charity in its simple terms.
Is Love a Form of Charity?
The word 'charity' is a Biblical synonym for love. Nonetheless, love transcends the emotional impulse you have for other people. The kind of love that comes from God is spiritual, and it should be demonstrated in actions that reflect self-sacrifice and true passion for the needy and the lost souls in this world. Every believer in Christ Jesus should be motivated with a vision that involves helping people, defending the unborn generation, and providing spiritual and physical support for the hungry, the homeless, refugees, and the sick.
According to a statement from Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible, Christians have been ordained to carry the Gospel to every part of the world. Therefore, they must go to places where the needy and the poor are living. Here are some of the avenues through which this Christian ministry is being achieved today:
* Tracts distribution
* Radio broadcast
* TV evangelism
* Street-to-street Gospel campaigns
* Social welfare through philanthropic acts
* Material provisions for refugees
What Does a Ministry Involve?
It's worth stating that the Gospel of Christ Jesus is a two-dimensional instrument - it has a Gospel message on one hand and charity on the second one. Preaching the Word of God to the hungry without offering them food and water would product little or no results.
Why is Charity Important?
Charity is a matter of choice; but then, you can't be a Christian without the love of God. As far as Christianity is concerned, charity is very crucial as a God-ordained practice because of the following reasons:
* It shows the nature of God, the Giver of all good things.
* It authenticates Christianity.
* It convinces the needy that Christians are interested in their well-being.
* It brings hope to the hopeless.
Indeed, a God-ordained vocation is the type whereby Christians help to solve spiritual, social, emotional, and physical problems of mankind. Nothing compares with sharing the love of Christ Jesus with the dying world.
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