It seems like everyone has an agenda. Lately, there have been a lot of "Wall Street" protests. "Tax the Rich" is their battle cry. It's in vogue again to hate corporations and, for that matter, capitalism. A lot of people subscribe to Robin Hood's mantra- "steal from the rich and give to the poor."
But the truth is, it's not so simple.
Jesus boiled His entire platform down to two rules: (1) love God with everything you have; and (2) love people. I've previously blogged about it. Some of the relgious elite, trying to trap Jesus, asked Him which was the greatest commandment. There were thousands of commandments described in the Septuagint, in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Asking Jesus this was akin to the classic, no win, "when did you stop beating your wife" question. But somehow, He cut through all it, with these two simple commands. Love God and love man. Loving God is the greatest commandment. Loving your fellow man is the second greatest commandment.
You'll notice the new link to the left of this blog post, to a website called "Amazima". Amazima is a not for profit organization, founded by a 22-year old Brentwood, Tennessee woman, Katie Davis. I don't know her. I've never met her. I am not affiliated in any way with Amazina. But I read about it and am amazed.
One day, not too long ago, Katie took a trip to Uganda. She planned to stay for a while and then go to college. When she saw the poverty and conditions in which Ugandan children live, she decided to stay. Katie founded Amazina Ministries when she was 19 years old. She is currently raising 13 Ugandan children on her own. Amazina feeds 1600 children and sends 400 orphans to a Christian school. She's not going to college.
When I read about Katie, I thought about what I would have done when I was her age. I would have been thinking about college. I would have been thinking about my career. I might have entertained the idea of going to law school. I would have been thinking about cars. I would have been thinking about girls. The last thing I would have considered would be raising 13 Ugandan children, alone.
I'm also a Brentwood, Tennessee resident. Brentwood is an affluent community, populated by lawyers, country music stars, executives and other successful people. I imagine Katie grew up, having a pretty nice life. But she gave it all up to help others.
Katie Davis has obviously decided to honor Jesus' second commandment. She describes it as "loving one person at a time." But I'm betting that she's doing it because she is honoring his first commandment as well. Katie loves man because Katie loves God.
Amazina's website is at http://www.amazima.org/history.html if you want to read more about it.