Three Thousand.

And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell. – Exodus 32:28   

 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. – Acts 2:41  

Wrap your head around that number: THREE THOUSAND. From September 11, 2001 the official death toll stands at 2,996.  On that infamous day of December 7, 1941 –  2,402 men lost their lives in and around the waters of Hawaii in defense of Pearl Harbor. This weekend, while you were celebrating the triumph of the Who Dat Nation, cheering for Tebow, waiting for the Tide to roll in or getting ready to Geaux, three thousand souls were thrown into eternity in the Southern Sudan.   

In the last 48 hours I have seen more information regarding the stats of the quarterback of the Denver Broncos or the predictions of scores of  some championship game more than I have seen this number: 3,000 – and a great deal from the men and women who are called by the name of Christ. 

I cannot say that in over the past few days I have not wasted time or not cared about someone more than myself at given moments, nor can I say that I can truly wrap my mind around what I am saying, but I know that it is incumbent upon me to see the fires burning, smell the sweat and the gun smoke and hear the cries of over a thousand children as they are snatched from their parents just before they become orphans only to be abused or raised to be soldiers to fight against their own people. Why? Because a preacher by the name of John wrote to a church, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?( 1 John 3:17).” What good are nachos, big screen TV’s, stats and ESPN when men, women, and children are being slaughtered in the 21st century modern world? Their world stopped turning on a January day, and almost no one noticed.  Smoking towers and twisted steal, or smoking assault rifles and bloodied farm implements? Either way: three thousand souls slipped into eternity and some of them were my brothers and sisters. The ones who were not were souls waiting for the Gospel. Three thousand.

Find out how you can pray for the Sudan at the Operation World site: operationworld.org

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