The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Do not put this down ...

'I was hungry and you gave me food' (Matthew 25:35)

Please, I beg you, do not simply read this article.

We do that often. We say, "That's interesting" or "Good point," but what we've just heard or read doesn't change our life. We are characterized by what author Neil Postman calls a "Low Information-Action Ratio." (Notice that the acronym is LIAR.) Our media culture has trained us to get lots of information on which we do not act. Please don't read this article without acting on it.

In November I taught at a Salvation Army Ethics Centre conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My co-speaker was Capt. Geoff Ryan, who has been the Salvation Army's regional officer in southern Russia for nine years. He believes that if we Christians are salt and light for the world, we should be where life is rotting and in the world's darkest places (Matthew 5:13-16). Consequently, he began work in Chechnya, which had been pummeled by Russian army attacks.

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