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You may have heard the song “Do Something” on Christian radio. Some of the words are:
I woke up this morning,
Saw a world full of trouble now,
Thought, how'd we ever get so far down.
How's it ever gonna turn around?
So I turned my eyes to Heaven.
I thought, "God, why don't You do something?"
Well, I just couldn't bear the thought of
People living in poverty,
Children sold into slavery.
The thought disgusted me.
So, I shook my fist at Heaven,
Said, "God, why don't You do something?"
He said, "I did, I created you."
If not us, then who,
If not me and you?
Right now, it's time for us to do something.
If not now, then when,
Will we see an end
To all this pain?
It's not enough to do nothing.
It's time for us to do something.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Here’s the story behind this song, written by the person who wrote it, Matthew West:
For this song, it is a call to action. As a songwriter, and as a communicator through music, I'm very wary of sending out a song that calls for action if it doesn't start with calling me to action first. It starts with a first person perspective with me talking to God about what I see going on around me and asking if God is going to fix it. The "aha" moment happens with God responding by saying, "Matthew, I did something; I created you. You go out and change the world and make it a better place." That's important to me. That change has to start with me and people need to see me living that out.
|This song was inspired a girl named Andrea. If I were judging a book by its cover, I'd say she looked like a college girl, maybe in a sorority or something, lots of friends, bound to be successful someday. And in a way, that would be a correct assessment. But that is not the whole story. Andrea, a former University of Colorado student, had chosen to spend a semester abroad learning micro-financing in Uganda. While there, she happened upon an orphanage in critical condition. The children were being badly neglected and even abused. Her heart broke for these orphans who had no advocate. That's when this college student decided to do something. She called her parents and said, "I'm not coming home." She refused to leave these children until something was done to improve the conditions.
By sheer determination and refusal to give up, Andrea and her sister convinced the Ugandan government to close down that orphanage, which left about 40 children with no place to go. The government handed the children to her. Andrea brought this need back to the states with a new vision and desire to create a safe place for these children to grow and learn. Today, Musana, which means "sunshine," is a thriving orphanage in Uganda, housing over 100 children. Andrea prefers spending most of her time in Uganda, not the U.S.
She's a long way from a sorority house or a college campus. She's reaching the world, and bringing hope to people, one helpless child at a time. When asked what it was that made her fight for these children she simply said, "I just kept thinking, 'If I don't do something, who will?'"
Andrea's story floored me. Today, so many of us Christians talk so much about being the hands and feet of Christ, but never really displaying what that looks like. Andrea has gone to the extremes to show us all what wild abandon to the cause of Christ looks like. It's not about talking. It's about doing! It's time for us to do something! I hope that Andrea's ministry inspires others to think about how her seeing an orphanage in need caused her to do something. What could we be capable of in our own lives, our towns and neighborhoods, if we are willing to step out and be willing, not qualified? I wonder how God might use our lives just like Andrea, to change the world!
I realize that we are not all called to go to another country to Do Something…there are many places to do something in our own country, in our own community. Andrea is just a young college girl, a normal average person just like you and me. No special place is needed, no special skills are needed—just you to Do Something, Now…
We speak of being the hands and feet of Christ, but do we really think about what that means? It’s easy to say, not so easy to do. We need to be intentional and persistent. Many problems that people face are not easy to deal with; but when we reach out, we need to stick with it, be persistent, and follow through.
Jesus is calling each of us to Do Something…
What’s your “something”?