Christians, who have children, have lived in a home for more than one year and have money to adopt and to accommodate the adopted and to satisfy all legal obligations; those who know elderly folks suffering from loneliness in a nursing home somewhere and are able to offer more than visit from time to time; those who know of single parents struggling to survive and who’s children need godly support: Why don’t you forsake your vain hobbies, worthless entertainments, dead ornaments, lifeless collectibles and antiques and cease from laboring for these perishing “meats” and use your time and resources to adopt more children, take in the elderly and to support the weak? As Christians, what makes more sense? Surely souls exceed the value of your worldly pleasures! Surely the heart of Jesus is more precious to you than the vanities of life! If you already have children, why not have more? Why make time for fleeting temporal pleasures that have nothing to do with necessity, eternity and the kingdom of God when others you know have needs and you are capable of helping? What great family fun it is to provide for the needs of others whom you and your little ones know! Do you have land? Use it for souls! Do you have means to build the elderly or single parents and their little ones a small home? Do it! Why not pray together as a family, considering the options and opportunities you have as a family to love? What is more fulfilling: Theaters or reality? Why? Many cry over real life issues they watch in movies but their tears do not lead them to do in reality the loving acts they beheld in such movies! Forsake your earthly thrills and use your time and resources to care for souls! If you desire to witness to others and to testify of Jesus go do it! Share your testimony! Encourage souls to seek the Lord! Are you capable of adopting? Why take your family to Africa to go on safari when you could potentially adopt an African orphan and bring Africa back into your home! Is viewing animals more priceless than witnessing the healing of an orphan’s emotions, heart and body? Would you rather hear a lion’s roar, than a child laughing because it is loved? What will this orphan become? Who will care for the orphan if you do not? Why is it other people’s responsibility? IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY AND HEART CRY OF EVERY NEW CREATURE TO POUR OUT UPON OTHERS THE LOVE GOD POURED OUT UPON THEM! Worldly interests, pursuits, pleasures, and hobbies are foreign, troubling and a vexation to the NEW CREATURE! The hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and orphanages in the first century were in the homes of Christians! The Lord added to the church daily those who beheld Divine love, as it is written, “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12).
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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160