So every year, starting around Valentine’s Day and ending just before Easter my church puts on a funding drive to send much needed supplies and money to care for AIDS victims in Southern Africa. Today was the launch Sunday at the regional site I attend.
You can read up on the initiative and some of the specific projects we support here – http://www.themeetinghouse.com/aidscare
As part of today’s teaching we looked at Ephesians 2:19-22
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
As I was listening to this teaching and thinking about ways that I can connect with my fellow Christ-followers living with this unspeakable disease I had an idea. It came to me in the form of a question.
How much money could I raise for AIDS Care if I gave away all the proceeds from the sale of my book “Meekonomics – Kingdom Economics from a Love Based Mentality” from now until the donation deadline of Mar 23, 2014?
I talk a lot in the book about the morality of having so much while others have so little. In fact I devote an entire chapter to it. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 8 – The Feeding of the Nine Billion.
Living out of the Love Mentality takes you out of your own head for minute and forces you to see the world as a fallen and damaged place where God’s Perfect economy no longer exists. When we Love “because he first loved us” it is no longer possible in good conscience to turn away from the letter from that international aid agency. There is no rationalizing our indifference.
Going back to Genesis we know that God created us in his own image. That means he not only created you and me but he also created the blind and the lame, and the tax collectors and sinners that Jesus had compassion for and he created the starving children, war lords and corrupt politicians that keep developing nations in the news every day. He created the Fortune 500 CEOs who control 99% of the world’s wealth and he created the Islamic extremists who tried to kill them on September 11, 2001.
There is no hierarchy in God’s love. As the world’s population approaches nine billion the only way we can look at it without being morally culpable in the squalor to which most of them are being born is to recognize and act according to the biblical truth that God our father has nine billion children and you and I have nine billion siblings.
In a healthy family, when one member of the family is hurting the rest rally around and help in any way they can. No one looks upon a rich brother who gives half his wealth to a down on their luck sibling as foolish that’s just what you do for family. We are all family and the boogie man of income redistribution is just what you do for family. [Meekonomics – Kingdom Economics from a Love Based Mentality]
So here’s the deal. According to The Meeting House AIDS Care challenge, $100 buys one AIDS Care card which will go to purchase much needed medical supplies and training for care givers in Southern Africa. The net proceeds from one copy of my book on Kingdom Economics is $7.55. You do the math. I think that with all the hundreds of followers on this blog, through WordPress, Facebook and Twitter we can purchase at least a few of these cards and save the lives of a few of our brothers and sisters living with this horrible disease.
So spread the word! – Here’s the link on last time. https://www.createspace.com/4289032
PS – This book is in draft form so don’t get too picky about some of the grammatical errors, I’m working on an edited version but that might not be ready for a few months yet. In the mean time, people are dying don’t wait for version 2.0 to save a life.