Spiritual Food and Physical Food

There is a new video making the rounds that has everyone talking, and rightfully so.  Here it is, in case anyone is interested:

I’ve seen this video being discussed in several Christian circles, and the comments are as expected and as warranted.  “This is how we should be,” “Christians need to wake up, and start doing more,” etc…  Again, this is all well and good, but there are several points I never see addressed, and will attempt to do so here.

First, it has to be pointed out that the situation portrayed here, and in some other Hindu sections of the world, are caused, in part, by the religion itself.  It was brought up peripherally in the video; Brahmins aren’t even supposed to associate with Untouchables.  That is the Hindu caste system; it is a built in part of their religion.  Why? Karma.  Don’t forget a main tenet of Hinduism; reincarnation.  You see, all those destitute people are destitute because of their past lives; they are reborn Untouchable because of something they did in a past life, so says Hinduism, so they deserve their lot in life.

I come from the Midwest USA.  We don’t have people this destitute, literally starving skeletons, living out on the street.  Even in places like Chicago and St. Louis, our poor are not living in the same conditions, and our dominant religion here, Christianity, stresses that these ARE the people that need compassion and love and help.  Christianity does not have a caste system with one group of humans deemed “untouchable.”  Quite the contrary.

Secondly, everyone that responds to this video does recognize that helping others that can’t help themselves is an admirable thing, something we should all keep in mind and strive to do.  However, one key aspect that is missed in the video and in conversation stemming from the video even amongst Christians is: Physical food is one thing, but is meaningless apart from Spiritual food.  Jesus Himself was quick to make this point, and it is a main tenet of the Christian faith.

Narayanan Krishnan, the man in the video, made the point that he feeds the body and the mind (or emotion).  He’s right, he does.  But humans are triune in nature, being made in the image of God.  Our body, mind, AND spirit needs fed.  You can physically make someone feel good, and mentally make them feel good, but in the end, at some point in time and for a myriad possible different reasons, that person is going to die.  If we only feed the physical and/or mental, it amounts to nothing.  Feeding the Spiritual and making sure someone is in right relationship with God culminates in eternal life.

The miracle of the loaves and fishes shows that Jesus clearly understood and acknowledged physical hunger, and cared for his disciples and those following Him around.  However, the events in John 6 also show what the stress should be placed on; Spiritual food.  The only spiritual food that is true and fulfilling are the words and teachings of Jesus Christ.  He is the bread of life.  If we do not tell others of Him while we are feeding them physical food, all our human effort is wasted. Time for a nice healthy chunk of food:

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We see in John chapter 4,  the same is said of water:

John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Those fed physically will hunger again. Those given physical water will thirst again.  Those given the Truth of Christ, and those who accept it, will never hunger nor thirst again, spiritually.  When this life is left behind, those that have partaken of Christ spiritually, will have eternal life where hunger and thirst have no more meaning.  Now, will someone who is physically starving to death be able to hear, comprehend, and accept the gospel.  Probably not.  So, the physical and mental needs do need met, but to neglect the spiritual while feeding the other is not an act of mercy  with any lasting value.  Anyone who reads this and construes it as, “Well, then, I don’t need to help see to someone’s physical needs,” is fooling themselves.  As God guides us,we should be “hilarious givers,” we should be helping those who need it, through God’s provision to us…but more than anything people need Christ, if we feed the body without feeding the soul The Bread of Life, then it is cruelty masquerading as kindness.  It is feeding the body while letting the soul starve.

Believers need to realize that we have been given Living Water, and The Bread of Life, and be willing to help our fellow human beings body, mind, and soul, through God’s grace and His blessings.

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  3. I found this blog while googling around for something and felt the need to comment.

    Love nourishes the soul. How can you post something like this and give only a cursory mention of “love”?

    Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

    1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

    1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

    Dismissing this man’s work as un-spiritual is a cop out for Christians who don’t feed anyone body OR soul and produce no fruit.

    • Kliska

      Please take a moment before attacking me and reread my post; everything you jump on is indeed mentioned there. However, esp. notice the first full paragraph; “I’ve seen this video being discussed in several Christian circles, and the comments are as expected and as warranted. “This is how we should be,” “Christians need to wake up, and start doing more,” etc… Again, this is all well and good, but there are several points I never see addressed, and will attempt to do so here.” There are plenty of other Christian sites and messages doing exactly what you’d apparently have EVERYONE do. I point out things that need pointing out; without Christ any of those people, that have heard the gospel, that this guy has helped will wind up in Hell.

      Notice that the preference in scripture for love is toward our brothers; only believers in Christ are our brothers and sisters. Non-believers are to be loved, even our enemies, but there are two categories of humans in the age of grace; those saved and those unsaved. The saved have the duty to make sure the unsaved are fed emotionally, physically, AND spiritually. The only efficacious food that lasts into eternity is Jesus Christ Himself.

      • Chris DeMayo

        Let me ask you something-
        If Jesus could promote Narayanan Krishnan’s program or your publications, which do you think he would choose?

      • Kliska

        Let me ask you something; are you a Christian? If not, you are lacking a fundamental understanding of what Jesus was all about, and if you are, you need to read Jesus’ own words in scripture a little closer. Jesus is not a used car salesman, He doesn’t do “promotions” like the local grocery store; however, if you are asking what He would say, you only have to look at what He has already said. He would “promote” Himself, and teach that eternal life is what He offered despite the trials and tribulations of this life. He is more important than physical food and drink.

        John 6: 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

        John 4: 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

        Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

        John 14:6 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. etc…

        Narayanan Krishnan only offers physical, emotional comfort in this limited life (which Christians do as well on large and massive scales), but he cannot and does not offer eternal life that can only be found through Jesus Christ.

      • Justin Frisby

        Saved or unsaved sounds just like the caste system you just described. The problem with your argument is that you are taking something right and good and making it sound like an act of futility, but something we nevertheless should be doing. Why do something that has no value? Your argument makes no sense. I am not saying that all will be able to sit with God on his throne, but Jesus clearly taught that unless we clothe the naked and feed the hungry he would say that he does not know us in the final judgement. I think that Nayaranan has a better chance at making it than many Christians because of his willingness to serve his brothers and sisters (yes we are all children of God and therefore all brothers and sisters) Yes he must accept Christ in order to be with God, but he is already well on his way by practicing what Jesus would have done. Maybe through his efforts it will spread throughout India and debunk the caste system and allow the true Gospel to be found in these peoples lives. He is a tool in Gods hand.

      • Kliska

        “Saved” or “unsaved” is the only differentiation that is made in the New Testament. There is indeed a categorical difference between the saved and the unsaved, and God makes no bones about it. Sheep vs. Goats, Wheat vs. Tares, etc… What makes someone one or the other; birth? By no means. Rebirth does. We become saved by placing our faith on Jesus Christ.

        If you just take the physical act by itself, it is indeed an act of futility. If you divorce action from reality (the reality of God and the gospel of Jesus), then it would be futile. Within the context of the reality of God and Jesus, then our acts have meaning. Because there is God, He can use an unsaved person’s actions to benefit mankind. Jesus’ words aren’t directed at unbelievers, but those who claim belief. Those that He does not know are no true believers, they rely on works instead of faith in Him to save them.

        No, he does not stand a better chance at “making it” because salvation comes from faith in Jesus, not in works. Further, no, we are not all brothers and sisters, as scripture clearly teaches. Only those that believe in Jesus are adopted. While it is true that we are all made in the image of God, and hence, deserving of respect and love, we are not all the Sons and Daughters of the King. Perhaps he is a tool in God’s hands, perhaps his work is a tool in God’s hands, or perhaps not. The bottom line is that God teaches us to look to someone’s soul. It can be accompanied by physical and mental help, but the soul aspect MUST be there too.

      • Agu Ifunanya

        Wow…dis article is really an encouragement kliska

  4. passerby

    “and the greatest of all is love.”

    • Kliska

      John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  5. Monty Fowler

    Brother, I cannot take issue with the point you are making because from a scriptural standpoint you are spot on. However, your tone is what concerns me. It is a tone that I hear far too often from Christians, especially those of a conservative evangelical bent. Intellectually acknowledging that we must serve the needs of the whole person, yet focusing so much on the spiritual, in a sense saying that if you can do only one thing, then do that, seems cold and inhuman. The man who is truly hungry – not in the American sense – but in the 3rd world “I have no idea where my next meal is coming from” sense cannot hear the Gospel. His body and mind are slaved to the effects of hunger and disease. First, we must touch his body and heal his hunger, then in doing so, by showing love and risking ourselves in the process, we earn his trust. That trust, founded on unconditional love, gives us the right to tell him the Truth. Pouring water into a broken vessel only wets the ground and wastes the water.

    • Kliska

      Please take the time to re-read my article, with your own points in mind; they were all touched upon. And, just as a note, if you are a born-again believer, then I’m a “Sister,” not a “Brother.” 😉

      Here’s the main point; Jesus never ever fed or bathed or clothed someone without the lesson of faith in Him. We even get the famous John 6 discussion because people were following Him around so that He’d physically feed them; but He did not. Instead He pointed to Himself as true food and drink. Pouring water into a broken vessel is one thing; a human coming to Christ and drinking is quite another. One drink out of the fount of living water insures eternal life and eternal security. To offer physical comfort while neglecting the truth of Christ can only bring pain and suffering into eternity.

      The man I was discussing in this video is a Hindu, not a Christian, so until he comes to Christ and/or points others to Jesus, he will not be able to adequately help someone enough to insure their eternal salvation.

      • Monty Fowler

        Sorry, Sister…I didn’t read your “About” page until just now.

        It seems we are talking past one another. My contention, based on my experience as a missionary, is that until a bridge is built by addressing the immediate human suffering — be it hunger, disease, mental anguish, etc. — there can be no effective presentation of the Gospel. First, unless you are in a position to show God’s love by attempting to comfort the afflicted person, you have no right to share the Gospel. Preaching the Gospel to the suffering, when you are clearly healthy and well-fed, is a form of mockery, in my opinion. Second, the ability of a person to receive the Gospel and truly grasp the eternal consequences of the choice facing them is dramatically impacted by their mental and physical state. This is why I tell anyone considering a mission trip to consider the stakes and prepare themselves to deliver the Gospel not only by words, but more importantly, through their actions and attitudes. The only thing worse than no Gospel presentation is one delivered badly to a person not prepared to receive it.

        I feel that modern evangelical Christianity focuses too much on “the message” and not enough on preparing the unbeliever to receive the message. While our ultimate concern is for a person’s eternal salvation, we cannot ignore the temporal needs of a stricken world.

        As for Mr. Krishnan, he is doing God’s work among the people of his village. Who are we to say how his efforts factor into God’s sovereign plan?

      • Kliska

        There are several points in your post, that I can’t agree with, based on what I see in scripture. While I agree that our mission in interacting with others isn’t limited to the spiritual, you absolutely cannot take it out of the equation. Man is triune and each part of man is what needs to be addressed with the gospel. In my experiences, a person’s mind, body, and soul needs the gospel. So, while it is true that the body needs seen to, it is equally true that the spirit needs seen to. A Hindu cannot see to another’s soul, because they do not have the Holy Spirit, nor do they have the Truth. Living water is necessary, the Bread of Life is what is necessary… a Hindu simply cannot offer that to another.

        In other words, he isn’t doing God’s work, because Jesus clearly states that for us to do the work of God, we have to believe on (faithe on) the one God sent; Jesus Christ. Another aspect of all this is; we can die of physical starvation in this life, but if we have Jesus, we will instantly be with Him upon death. However, if we live a fat, physically full life here, without Jesus, when we die it will be suffering like we have never known.

        Once more; to feed the body and mind, without feeding the soul is cruelty. One final note; most evangelicals are the ones eating up this news report, wrongly claiming that we should hold this gentleman up as a Christian role model, when we already have the perfect role-model in Christ.

      • Monty Fowler

        You have validated my thesis, and that saddens me. If Mr. Krishnan has never had the Gospel presented to him, then he is responding to general revelation that is written on the heart of every person. You do not know his heart, and you are walking on dangerous ground by judging his actions and motivations. Again, you have no idea how this man’s actions factor into God’s sovereign plans. Unless you are claiming that God cannot work good from the actions of unbelievers — which would be limiting God to make your point. Again, very dangerous.

        I find your interpretation of scripture to be quite narrow-minded, and harsh in tone. Perhaps spending a few weeks in a remote village in a 3rd world country would soften your tone a bit. Just a suggestion.

      • Kliska

        I’m sorry, but I choose to listen to what God has actually revealed in scripture as Truth. I don’t doubt for a minute that God can use non-believers in His plan; however, His will is for all to be saved, and to be saved a person needs Jesus, for it is only by being in Christ that we are no longer held up to the law. Mr. Krishnan has indeed done works that most humans would deem “good.” However, Christians know there is none good but God. Mr. Krishnan will, without Jesus, be held up to the Law upon judgment. If he does not come to Christ, his actions will be judged against Perfection itself, and he will not be able to pass muster. I hope that he comes to choose Jesus if he hasn’t already.

        That isn’t my opinion. God tells me not only to see to people’s bodies and minds, but to make sure they hear of Christ. Don’t presume that you know me, or what I have or have not done. I appreciate the conversation, as it highlights my main points in my article.

  6. Just stumbled upon this…. You are right on target, “sister”.

  7. Matthew

    At the very least Mr.Krishnan is displaying very ‘Christ-like’ behaviour, I use the term ‘Christ-like’ as opposed to Christian as being a Christian does not automatically mean that we are infact behaving ‘Christ-like’. As a believer I understand that we can find no salvation except through Jesus however this does not discredit this man’s actions, nor does it mean that Christian’s should not find this story inspiring and perhaps even convicting.

    I don’t believe Monty Fowler above was suggestion that Mr. Krishnan is doing everything exactly right nor do I believe Kliska was saying that he was doing everything wrong so perhaps the argument can be laid aside and the matter of who is right and who is wrong can take a back seat for a moment. I don’t believe for a moment that any Bible believing Christian would forget by seeing this story that Jesus is the only way to salvation and Mr. Krishan is not preaching any other God in this video so I’m not really sure why there is a need to be critical of it. We do not know all of the facts about this man and considering that he is at Hindu, there is in fact a chance that he could even be acting out of a revelation of the person of Jesus as Hindu’s are polytheistic.

    I guess for me the main question is can Christian’s learn something from Mr. Krishan’s example? I am reminded by this story of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus was speaking to a group of Pharisees who as we know despised Samaritan’s and yet he used the Samaritan as an example to teach these ‘experts of the Law’ who their neighbour is.

    If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s cerntainly good enough for me.

    • Kliska

      It doesn’t discredit his actions, but we are told specifically that the righteousness of man is like filthy rags to God; that is the “good” things men do are not “good” at all. The only truly good acts we can muster are those that originate with God Himself. I would also argue that the Christ-like action would be to feed and clothe these individuals and then point them at Jesus. That is the model that Jesus gave us.

      One of the main points of the story is that a Brahmin is “stooping” down to help the untouchable caste, so Hinduism is pervasive in the storyline. However, I did make the point in the article that indeed Christians should learn from this example, but should absolutely not stop there. See to the poor, but don’t neglect to also give them the gospel. It is both/and, not either or.

  8. Joseph Ruiz

    I truly see all your points but I have to mention, how are we as Christians Christ like supposed to be spreading and being about our fathers business if we can not build that bridge. If we shut the door how can we share the gossple? Another thing I haven’t herd or read anyone saying ill pray that god will send some soldiers of Christ his way. Once that bridge is made then we can start throwing seeds and as we pray just stand back and watch our lord Jesus Christ go to work love you brothers and sisters please take time to build that bridge in a loving way. If anyone wants to go to {snip} in riverside there is a Muslim who found Christ because one brother took the time to build that bridge praise The Lord

    • Kliska

      If you read the article that I wrote, I’m all for building bridges, but the bridge that must be built is Jesus. Again, it isn’t an either/or proposition, but a both/and. We should be helping others physically, mentally, etc… AND telling them about Jesus so they can make a decision.

      PS, had to snip your link, it was to an electronics site, not a Christian one.

  9. Thanks for your post. I believe the issue you are raising is that there is a huge danger in exalting mankind either by making the caregiver the “hero” or making the needy the focus of life. It is essential to remember that Jesus kept running away from the masses who just wanted healing and wanted free food. As He left village after village He said that he had to go to yet another village to preach, “because that is what I came to do.”

    As a matter of fact, *after* He did all His healings and feeding the hungry and raising the dead, he turned and *denounced* all those people, saying they would be judged and sent to Hell … *for not believing in Him.* (Matthew 11.20-24) What kind of video would that make? Would they title it, “The greatest man on earth”? No, the arrogance of man would label Jesus a mere self-centered man, and if He kept it up, would probably be tossed aside – or even crucified as a crazed lunatic.

    For the natural man merely wants to be exalted himself and hates being told that he is not good in and of himself. This got Jesus crucified because no matter how much he fed the poor or healed the sick or raised the dead, He wouldn’t stop there. He kept saying people were sinners and needed MORE than physical, mental and emotional help … He kept saying they MUST receive HIM!!! So they did away with Him because He claimed to be God. … … … but He was just that! And now, 2000 years later, we exalt a man for helping the poor and exalting mankind. Period.

    Ahhh, yes, that’s what the world REALLY wants … be nice and say people are naturally good at heart. That ‘a boy!
    No, Jesus is offensive. Jesus said, “But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but *sinners.” Here, Jesus makes it clear. He did not come to call humanists to exalt humans. He did not come to call Hindus to *sacrifice* their jobs in hopes of breaking free from the wheel of Samsara by interrupting others’ Karma (who will just have to come back again and suffer later). He did not even come to tell people how awesome it is to merely “give.” Jesus came to change hearts of *sinners* – men and women who live in rebellion against their Creator.

    Jesus came to declare that we all deserve to be crucified for our guilt and shame – and that no amount of good deeds could ever, ever be enough. Jesus came to take our punishment upon Himself, beaten, tortured, mocked, spit on and abused – all the things we deserve. And then rose bodily from the dead saying, repent, turn from your self-centeredness, confess your hopeless, sinful state, confess Me as Lord, receive my sacrifice on your behalf, and receive My Spirit to transform you from the inside out – and declare Me as the only answer to the human condition available. This will get you crucified too, by those who stubbornly refuse to bow to God and blindly declare that man is good.

    I don’t know who this man is or his motive for doing what he does, but as the video portrays him, as a mere man to exalts the mere act of “giving” and caring for humans, with no glory to God, no purpose beyond mankind as the motive … that portrays him not as great, but purely evil. I pray this is not the case for him and I pray that those who watch this video will not be seduced by their own guilt to think this is an answer to their need. For our need can NEVER be met outside of the blood of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, shed for undeserving sinners, enemies of God, and freely available for all who will believe. Then, and only then, will any act of kindness be validated – for it will be given with a heart that says, “Oh, I only do this because God Himself is motivating me by the amazing love and grace He has lavished on me in Jesus. For I am an unworthy sinner lower than you, and because I have received His love so freely, I freely give His love to you.”

    • Ginger Ale

      I agree with your post. But I will not judge his act as evil by any means. Not just yet. I will always look for the good in men. Maybe it’s my weakness. His acts of goodness may open his heart for the gospel. I’m such an optimistic person. Instead of seeing his ways as dangerous, let’s have hope and continue to pray for him.

      • Kliska

        Two different observations; I guess my view on man, by himself, is not anywhere near as rosy. God tells us that man’s goodness is as filthy rags to Him, and that only He is good. His word tells us that man’s heart is dark, and without Him we are lost. I do agree that we should pray for this man, and all those that he helps. I do believe that God can use even unbelievers, but it is God’s goodness and grace, not humans’.

        The second bit, I can agree on. I think it is indeed a balance. As I said before, it is not either/or, but both/and. We should watch after the health and wellness of humans (esp., The Bible says, fellow believers), and also watch after their spiritual wellbeing. It is both, not one or the other. I can’t say if Jesus would give anyone a fist-bump or not, but undoubtedly, He would admonish this man to learn of Him, and faithe on Him for salvation. If the gentlemen is helping others now, imagine how much more he could help and do if he were born again!

  10. Ginger Ale

    While reading your posts, I was compelled to agree with your view point. Nourish the body and the soul. But I have to say I admire Naranayan as he is actually living what Christians should be doing albeit one thing – sharing the Gospel. Nowadays I observed a lot of extremes. Preaching the word of God without acting, and acting out God’s commandments without knowing who He is. If we could only put a balance to this, but life is not like that. While other people don’t want the ‘Jesus’ thing poured down their throats, this man actually ‘acts’ on the love he was obliged to do. The very teaching of Jesus’ on the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan does not belong to the ‘chosen people’. He was not a ‘Christian’ by presumption. It is just that Jesus told the story to contrast the Jews’ blind religious lifestyle. That Jesus prefers the acts of the Samaritan over some of the Jews self righteous ways during his time. This can also be applied in this age. I believe Jesus would ‘fist-bump’ this dude, even if he doesn’t have an inkling who Jesus is. This man is Jesus’ homeboy so to speak. He speaks Jesus’ language. He reaches out to people that Jesus’ asks us to reach out to. By this act, he is an unbaptized ‘Christian’. He is better than some Christians I know. Sure, it would be better if he becomes a Christian later in life, only time will tell. And I have hope that a man with this big heart will know and understand Jesus’ message, who He is and His purpose is so much what he does. It is a given for us Christians to do what we’re supposed to do. Feed the hungry, care for the sick, console the weary, share the Gospel. But for this man who does not even know Christ but does what He does? Nganga (Gape). There is hope for humanity. I will continue to pray for this man that the Holy Spirit guide him to use the funds wisely and eventually be with our Father in heaven.

  11. My question is…has anyone gone and introduced him to Jesus Christ? I think it breaks his heart knowing that as a Brahmin he is not supposed to be doing this, so I think he would embrace Christ whole heartedly and know that he can do more for the “whole person”, body, soul and spirit, if he could introduce these poor people to Christ as well as feed and love them under his own power. He will have the power of the Holy Spirit behind him as well. and he will be rewarded by the Father for his good works, instead of hearing I never knew you in the end. What a sad thought!

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