Have you seen this picture? You may have if you have a Facebook account or browse memes. A few friends have alerted me over the past year or so about a meme, because it contains this picture along with two others, and because this one is of me taken almost six years ago. I am grateful for friends who love me and were offended for my sake and even defended me publicly. Why were my friends concerned and feel the need to defend me? Because the meme mocks Christianity by making us look superficial, and because they know me. Thank you, Tim, Greg and others.
The meme bears three images with the heading “THANK YOU JESUS”. The caption under my photo says, “For helping me find my car keys”. Then there are two other photos, one of the professing Christian football player, Tim Tebow with the caption, “For letting me throw that touchdown,” and a third photo of an emaciated little boy bearing no caption.
While I was saddened to see the meme, I was not offended. In fact, I was even grateful. I’m saddened because the meme portrays Christians as being superficial and as Jesus not caring about the emaciated child, who it would seem has nothing for which to be thankful. I am grateful, because the meme is a good reminder that people are suffering tremendously, and if the meme has moved even one person to act out of compassion, why should I be offended?
What can you do? Give to an organization that helps people in need. Give to and/or volunteer in a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Does your church have a food pantry or benevolence fund? Keep your eyes and ears open for people in need or suffering from a crisis.
Food for the Hungry (FH) is a Christian organization serving the poor globally since 1971 by reflecting the love of Christ in short-term emergency relief and long-term work.
Project Rescue provides physical, emotional and spiritual rescue and holistic restoration to women and children in sexual slavery.
Compassion International is a Christian organization that exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.