Caring is the Hallmark of Being a Christian
By David J. Stewart
1st Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
The Bible said that people would become very selfish in the Last Days, committing all sorts of sins against their neighbors, not caring, lacking natural affection, being phony and hypocritical, quitters and liars, judging and condemning, hurting others, and yet having a form of religious devotion. 2nd Timothy 3:1-2, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy...” I think it was Mark Twain who said he never envied the lion tamer, because at least he is safe from people in the cage with the lion.
Jesus foretold that there would be much division in the last Days. Luke 12:53, “The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” Are we not living in these perilous times of woeful selfishness, sin and division within our families, churches and communities?
Life these days has become about people hurting people. One man wrote to me and said, people equal pain. I see a lot of people getting hurt—having their feelings hurt, being shunned away or gossiped about, being cheated financially (even out of their home), being hurt by a loved one or a spouse, a sudden divorce, problems at work, cruel words, et cetera. There are a thousand ways in which people hurt each other. This is heathendom.
The Bible teaches that we ought to care as God cares. Philippians 2:4-5, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” This means being considerate of the feelings, schedule, property, and person of others. If someone stumbles in their speech or says something stupid, you should never says something unkind like, “Duh!” That is the sinful way of the world, putting each other down continually. Someone once told me that men bond by one-liners. Yeah, and they murder each other over them too! The Christian way is to always season your words with grace. Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
This means not to waste opportunities to lead men toward God with our words. When we talk, we either lead men closer to or drive them farther away from God. Most men talk filthy and have dirty minds toward the opposite sex. That is heathendom and we ought not participate with filthy communication. Colossians 3:8, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” The Bible teaches that life is short and we'll be in eternity before we know it (James 4:14). We are just strangers and pilgrims passing through here on earth (Hebrews 11:13; 1st Peter 2:11). Hence, we should redeem the time. Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Colossians 4:5, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
The Bible says that most believers don't care about the things of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:20-21, “For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.” Philippians 2:4-5 tell us that the mind of Christ is to think about others. Are they saved? What can we do to help others? Hardly anyone thinks about others. It is entirely a matter of faith and caring. No Christian who doesn't care is right with God.
As Christians, we should care about the individual as much as the group. I realized when I started this website that most people would go away angry or laughing, but I didn't make this website for them. I made this website with God's help and guidance to reach out to the INDIVIDUAL. It's that one person in a hundred that I am here to help by Gods grace.
“Without concern we're not Christlike. Without concern we're not Christlike. Ah, watch yourself. ... Now your greatest need as a Christian, and of every Christian, is a concern for lost and dying people. Without concern we're not Christlike. You have no claim to Christlikeness unless you're concerned about others. Without concern we're not obeying the Scriptures.”
—Pastor Lee Roberson (1909-2007), from the needful sermon, The Revival America Needs | Download
Jesus taught for Christians to reach out to the least of these (Matthew 25:40-45)—to seek the lost, to visit the prisons, to bind up that which is broken, heal the sick, feed the hungry, lead those who are astray, give drink to the thirsty...
Matthew 25:40-45, And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
Caring is the hallmark quality, character trait, of being a Christian who is right with God.
To clarify, we are saved by faith alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9), and not by any self-righteous works of our own (Isaiah 64:6). You don't have to care to go to Heaven, you just need to acknowledge your guilt of sin and believed on the Lord jesus Christ. That's it! There are no self-righteous works that anyone needs to do to go to Heaven; and if you add any, you won't go to heaven (like the Roman Catholics, because they are trusting in the flesh of man to save them). Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” Catholics are taught that their Church will save them; but it cannot. They think that water baptism is a sacrament, the door into the Catholic Church, the initial means of salvation; but they are all going to Hell for trusting in those lies instead of obeying the commandments of God (Mark 7:6-13). If I didn't care, then I wouldn't step on your toes, mashing them with the truth of God's Word. For much more information exposing the biggest Satanic cult in the world, Roman Catholicism, please read Hail Mary! Hail Satan!
I care, which is why preach THE TRUTH! The truth has never been popular. Those who preach the truth historically have always been ridiculed, attacked, persecuted, abused, prosecuted and murdered. The truth is frightening to many people, especially if you get too much too soon; but that's just the nature of the truth. You learn the truth a little bit at a time, grasping one concept before being able to understand another. Isaiah 28:13, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” I try hard to break down complicated things into simple to understand teachings. The truth should be simple. I have come across some really confusing, deep, boring, mundane, and way-over-my-head webpages. I always write articles from the viewpoint of being a total beginner, providing links to explain what I'm saying.
For Example: I used to read websites that used the term “CCM” and I didn't know what they were talking about. Then I learned that it is an acronym for Contemporary Christian Music. So now when I write an article, I never assume that the reader knows what CCM means. I always define the term at least once at the beginning of every article. The same is true with NWO (New World Order). I care and want my writings to be simple and easy to understand.
And if you've noticed, I NEVER use acronyms when I refer to a Bible book. I think it's conducing to unsaved people and new converts. A lot of people don't know that “Ex.” refers to the Bible book of Exodus. So I never use abbreviations when referring to the Scriptures. I think it's important to take the time to do things right. Using abbreviations says “I'm in a hurry.”
I rarely assume to know the location of a passage of Scripture, unless I've just looked it up recently. There's nothing more frustrating than writing umpteen articles and refer to a passage of Scripture, just to realize a long time down the road that you had the wrong location. caring means taking the time to do things right the first time. Caring means praying, letting God know that we know that we need Him. I need God desperately every moment of my life, for Jesus is my life (John 14:6); and yours too if you're a born-again believer (John 3:5). No one can enter into the kingdom of God without being born of the Spirit; that is, to have He (Jesus) Who is the beginning (Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 13:8) born in you.
I could go on and on about caring. The flesh is selfish and doesn't want to care. Jesus warned in Luke 8:14 about the seeds which fell amongst thorns and started to sprout (that is, they get saved); but then are choked by the cares, pleasures and riches of this earthly life, never bringing forth any fruit (souls saved). In Luke 8:15 Jesus said that those who have a good and honest heart will keep the Words of God and preach the Gospel to lost sinners. Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). All we can do is witness to the unsaved with the Gospel of Christ Jesus and let the Holy Spirit go to work on their mind and heart. God gives the increase (1st Corinthians 3:6-8).
God Cares About Little Things, and He Wants Us to Care Too
Most people have no idea just how ethical God is, and how much He does care, and the extent to which He thinks about other's well-being. I love listening to the Bible on DVD. When I bought the Bible on DVD, read aloud by Alexander Scourby, I began to hear and learn things that I had never noticed by reading the King James Bible. There's just something special about HEARING the Bible being read aloud. Does not Romans 10:17 say that faith cometh by HEARING!!! Yes, indeed it does! If you don't already have the King James Bible on DVD, please get it and listen to the Bible being read regularly. You will be blessed so much as I have.
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Here is one example showing just how much God cares. In Deuteronomy 22:6-7 God expresses concern over a mother bird and her young in their bird's nest...
Deuteronomy 22:6-7, “If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam [mother] sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam [mother] with the young. But thou shalt in any wise let the dam [mother] go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.”
This is amazing. It's amazing that the same God who broke up the fountains of the deep and destroyed all humanity and life in Genesis 6 (including all animals and birds), expresses concern and makes a law of kindness to protect birds. There is speculation as to exactly what God meant, but the context of the Scriptures clearly teach that God cares about life, even the welfare of a mother and her chicks in a nest.
When I read this Scripture passage I immediately thought about pregnant fish, and how they are often released to give birth to more fish. It very likely could be that God wanted the mother bird to be able to reproduce again, and demanded that she be released into the wild. I think that makes the most sense, but I am not sure. Whether that's what this passage means or not, it is certainly the ethical (right) thing to do to respect motherhood, whether it be human or animal. I do think that is what this Scripture is teaching, respect for reproduction in life. Look at all the endangered species in the world today, and how many birds and animals are extinct. It would certainly make sense that God, who cared to preserve His creation through the flood of Genesis Chapter 6, would be concerned about preservation of the species.
So if you are building a highway and there is a bird's nest in the path, God says to show respect for the animals and care for them. We see this truth evidenced in the book of Proverbs...What possible connection can there be between showing kindness to bird's nests and eggs and little baby birds and God's blessing? It's because obedience even to the smallest of God's commands brings God's blessings, or punishment for disobeying in seemingly small matters. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that men shall give account on Judgment Day for every idle word spoken. Even our words will be judged. How much more will our hurtful words, gossip and sinful behavior be judged by God? The Bible teaches repeatedly that God pays attention to small details. God is concerned about animals. It is ok to kill animals for food and meat, as evidence in Acts Chapter 10, but it is sinful to abuse and mistreat animals.
Proverb 12:10, “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
That's not to say that it's wrong to kill rats and other rodents that carry diseases. The Bible teaches that we ought to show respect for life. Birds are innocent creatures and not a threat to anyone. It is quite amazing that God would actually make mention and establish a law, protecting birds (a great article on birds in the Bible).
God is a caring God. He is also a holy God and cannot dismiss evil and sin. This is why God sent His only begotten Son into the world to redeem humanity. When Adam and Eve sinned, the eye of their understand was opened. Since they now knew evil and good, they became responsible for every decision they made. This is why the world is in such a mess today, that is, humanity is suffering the consequences of men's evil, lust, greed and hatred. In short, people pay for their mistakes, and so do others oftentimes. If someone gets drunk, it's not God's fault when they run over your child playing in the front yard. It is not that God doesn't care, but that man is so evil. Don't ever blaspheme God because you don't want to admit that man is the problem. Ecclesiastes 7:29, “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”
God is concerned for even the bird's. Jesus said that a sparrow doesn't fall without the Father knowing.
Luke 12:4-7, “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
A sparrow falls in the lap of the Father, always. If the heavenly Father has a concern for a bird, then He has a concern for you. In the Pentateuch (first 5 books of the Old Testament) we find an incredible Scripture, where God expresses concerning over a bird's nest (a mother and her young).
If God is concerned about something so seemingly trivial, a bird's nest, how much more is he particular about his weighty commandments. If God is concerned about little birds, how much more important is man! God's compassion for cattle and mercy for birds is clear evidence that He cares. In Jonah 4:11, “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” We see God showing compassion upon Nineveh and their MUCH CATTLE. Jonah was upset, wanting God to punish and destroy the Ninevites; but God saw what Jonah could not see. Acts 17:30, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”
God's Thought and Ways are Far Above Ours
Isaiah 55:8-9 teach that God's thoughts and ways are far above our thoughts and ways, as far as the heavens are above the earth. The Hebrew word for “heavens” is shâmayim shâmeh and is dual, referring to the sky and the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve. The Hebrew word for higher is gabahh and means “to soar, that is, be lofty.” Hence, God's thoughts and ways soar above the sky and stars of the universe in comparison to our limited, finite, and human understanding. When you truly grasp this truth, it is tragic and heart-breaking to hear a famous singer blaspheme God. It is very grievous in heart to hear famous comedians blaspheme the Lord jesus Christ. Oh, listen to me me friend, the Bible is true and this life is very short. You and I could be dead by sunset (Proverb 27:1). If you understand what Isaiah 55:8-9 is teaching, then you will trust God unconditionally. I am going to trust God no matter what happens, because I know that He sees all the things that I cannot see. My lord knows the way through the Wilderness, all I have to do is follow.
Here's the story of a Belgian man who was involved in a car accident at age 23. He was totally paralyzed and diagnosed as being a vegetable. He laid in a hospital bed for 23 years, fully conscious, but everyone thought he was a vegetable. His family would tell him to blink if he understood, but by the time he could blink, they had turned away. It wasn't until he was 46-years old that a doctor who hadn't given up on him developed an electronic voice box so the man could talk. Although still paralyzed, at least he can now communicate with his family, nurses and doctors.
What a tragic and shocking story. Can you imagine being trapped in your body, to where you can't even tell someone you feel loneliness, have an itch or feel physical pain? I can't imagine any worse hell on earth! It is difficult to reconcile such tragedies with a God Who is loving, caring and sees even the bird that falls from the sky; but it is a matter of faith in the Word of God. If you believe the Bible, then you must believe that God cares. 1st Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Proverbs 3:5-6 warn against leaning upon our own human understanding, telling us to trust the Lord completely, and I do! I hope you do too! If God tells me to build an ark, I'm going to build an ark! Hebrews 1:2 tells us that God speaks to us in these Last Days through His Word. We have the completed Word of God. If we care, then we will keep God's commandments (Luke 8:15; John 14:15; 15:14; Philippians 2:21).
We have such a grand opportunity in these last Days to witness with the Gospel. As we approach the End Times, more and more people are hungry for the truth. Sadly, they're being indoctrinated by atheists and nuts who believe in alien abductions, some even claiming to be Christ. The need is great for Bible-believing Christians to do the work of God.
This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.
This little story applies so much to Christians today. If not us, who? If not now, when? If not here, where? Nobody is getting the work of God done because everybody thinks somebody is going to do it, when anybody could have done it, but nobody did.
Isaiah 51:7, “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”