Compassion International @ NQC
Doesn’t the involvement with Compassion International validate their music’s message of the Gospel? In a world where lines are blurred, authenticity lacks depth, and the core of the Christian’s mission often falls short, the declaration to support these methods of evangelism and missions is enhanced through the artists’ affiliations with Compassion Int. and others similar in function.
There is always buzz surrounding the Compassion pitch at NQC. But mostly complaints. I’d estimate a total of less than an hour throughout the week is slotted for Compassion. And about 40 hours are dedicated to NQC mainstage, afternoon showcases notwithstanding.
So what fans are saying is that they don’t like to hear all the commercial pitches.
Going back to Abraham, God promised that all other nations would be blessed ‘through’ him, by Abraham blessing them. That is Lybia, Honduras, Italy, Australia, Niger, Haiti, Turkey, America, and any other nation or people group. Jesus came through the seed of Abraham, for the Jews, and then directed his mission to the Gentiles. Yet, it was always God’s mission for believers, whether you interpret the Church as part of Israel, a replacement of Israel, or a joined Israel, for us to ‘bless other people groups’.
But taking it in the context of as part of Israel, or a branch of Israel, we see that we (Christians) have been ‘adopted’ into the family of God. The Bible speaks of adoption as God adopting us with the reality that we have nothing good within us, no righteous heritage good enough to earn our way to God, but He plucks us from the depths of our darkness, gives us light, and breathes into us life. In the New Testament, whenever the idea of ‘clothing’ a person comes into view, it was implied as a form of adoption. God clothes us with His grace and forgiveness, and exchanges our unrighteousness for His righteousness.
The Great Commission is not merely a New Testament idea. It starts in Genesis, and is runs through Revelation. It’s not just Matthew 28. (Really wish I could take you through every book of the Bible, but that would take a forever). But I think we’d all agree that it’s for each and every one of us to do.
So in relation to the The Great Commission, Adoption is considered one of the greatest, most selfless, sacrifical acts of love and grace. Through Christ, we are enabled to become active members in The Great Commission. And we are now enabled to be selfless, sacrifical, showing love and grace. When the rich man asked Jesus what he had to give to enter into heaven, Jesus told him to sell all he had and give it to the poor. That’s not a mythical form of symbolism. Jesus was for real.
So if you’re not interested in sacrificing some of your money through a great organization like Compassion or others, that’s on you. But if you can’t be selfless enough to sit and listen to 45 minutes- 1 hour of a “commercial” pitch about kids who may only get the opportunity to receive acts of grace in the form of food, water, education, and access to the Bible from people like you, I would argue the core of what your Christianity is founded on. Because it’s not founded on the Gospel. Jesus Christ ain’t in that. You honor Him with your lips. Yet your heart…is so far away. You are one of those “I just came to hear singing” people. For it’s certainly not the Gospel that drives you into mission. What you like is “Southern [ blank ] Music” (no, that’s not a curse word…it’s simply empty, maybe like your soul…maybe like mine).
If you feel guilty, you should. But your guilt should’nt drive you to support in this micro-form of adoption. Emotion can’t get filled up on the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is not a feeling. Jesus didn’t have his wrists torn through by nails for you to get a feeling. He did it for you to seal you. He did so for your own adoption. Not for your guilty conscience. But for your repentance.
When you give to a foundation like Compassion, you’re giving some kid hope, who otherwise had ZERO. A hope you may have never had, had someone not loved you and shown you grace, and shared Christ with you. That’s a reality check. For me too. How selfish can we be by complaining about the length of Compassion commercials at NQC. The Gospel drives this entire ship.
If you can spend the $ to get to Louisville, the $ to stay in Louisville, and the $150 or more some spend on new CD’s and merchandise, and fail to help some 5 year old girl drink clean water and learn about Jesus Christ, you are losing. You may have life, but you may need to be re-captivated by abundant life.
Can’t support a child monthly? Give a 1 time donation. I’m not saying give all of your money to Compassion. But if we were all a little more serious about this Great Commission, we wouldn’t be complaining about it at a National Quartet Convention when great men are singing about that very commission and Charles Stanley and David Jeremiah are expounding upon it in some fashion.
I don’t care what kind of percentage groups get from supporting it. It’s business. It’s ministry. We talk about it all the time, blah blah blah. They do it and most of them are serious about it because they’ve taken the trips.
Feel free to comment about your feelings, but if I heard you complain about a sales pitch in person to my face regarding Compassion, I guarantee that you would make me lose hope in your soul. In fact, I would share with you the life giving grace of Jesus Christ, assuming you were lost. If emphatic about your salvation, I would scold you gently, and hopefully, with grace. To your face.
Name the last person that got saved at a Quartet Convention, and went on to baptism, joining a Church, still active, and growing spiritually, tithing MORE than 10%, and now is in some form of Church leadership.
There may be some, but by giving to Compassion, you are without a doubt “blessing other nations” in the name of Jesus Christ. I love the NQC. Lift Him up at NQC while The Perrys are raising the roof. And lift Him up by giving to Gospel centered work. Or at least, shut up…and keep pretending that Christ OWNS you.
That was not a rant. That is because I love you. That is because as Christians, we are called to go further. Count the hours. 40+ hours of music is worth 1 hour to me, if it led a kid to Christ.
“Fill their stomachs with food first, and they’ll listen to this Christ you intend to share…Don’t feed them? They won’t hear about your Christ”. – Missionary friend