An important scene in the 1956 movie, Lust for Life shows Vincent Van Gogh and fellow artist and friend, Paul Gaugin arguing over the common worker who toiled away, slaving in the wheat fields.
Gaugin told Vincent, “If you love them so much, then why don’t you go out there and be with them?” To which, there was no reply.
As I see it, that’s how we as Christians are at times. We love the missionaries who go out in the ‘fields’ and do the work for us that we should be doing.
We love witnessing the destitute, the down trodden and hearing their stories of courage and struggles. In short, we love the underdog and have a supernatural urge for them to succeed.
Yet, when it comes right down to it, we are as the rich young ruler who was told to sell all his stuff, give it to the poor, and to take his cross and follow Jesus.
If we Loved Jesus the way we say we do, then in the words of Paul Gaugin….“If you love them so much, then why don’t you go out there and be with them?”
And from all of us: