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“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’” – Leviticus 23:22 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus23:22&version=NIV
In the Old Testament book of Ruth, (Chapter 2) we are introduced to the practical application of this particular commandment. If we listen to the heart of God behind this thought, we must necessarily come to understand that this heart, this thought is to be found in every single one of the followers of Jesus, our Christ. A heart of compassion, a heart of generosity, a heart of sympathy and empathy. The problem is that we have so institutionalized what passes for compassion that we have lost the sense of direct contact and engagement with the vast need of people. Churches decide that the type and manner of generosity must take a backseat to the ongoing costs of maintaining and keeping the institution. It was never intended to bean either or situation. Jesus said, “I will build my Church.” (Matthew 16:18 et al) I truly believe that what Jesus saw in His mind was something far more fluid and dynamic than most Church organizations I have encountered. When we become so stultified that we debate whether or not to follow this clear example and its necessary extrapolation in our particular circumstances we become as one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation whom each in one way or another lost touch with their identity.