Guest Blogger: Art TerKeurst
A few years back I got a real wake up call from two boys with a third world country faith. Lysa and I (Art) were introduced to a group of Liberian orphans here in the states singing together in a boyâ€™s choir. These boy’s were traveling and singing for primarily two reasons. They were singing to educate their audience on the needs of the other 5000 orphaned boys and girls within their orphanage, and because they too were orphans and needed a mom and dad. Well two of those boyâ€™s are now TerKeursts. We adopted them. Early on I looked at their adoption as a way in which I could teach the â€œboy I never hadâ€ with all of the life lessons welled up inside. Yeah right! It was the two orphans from Liberia teaching me about life. One of the greatest lessons I have learned from these two young men is a whole new perspective on what often makes the rest of us spiritually passive.
You see Mark and Jackson werenâ€™t anything close to passive in the way they viewed life. I would have never entertained the thought of their faith as passive or apathetic, or even the least bit neutral had I really known them in the orphanage (or even in the first months within our home). It wasnâ€™t long; however, before the spiritually passive American way began to creep its way into the boyâ€™s everyday life.
You see we do things a little different here in the states when compared to your typical orphanage. A day in the life of a Liberian orphan consisted of two things. First and foremost, â€˜survive another day,â€™ and second, somewhere along the line â€˜get your one bowl of rice with a half dollar sized piece of chicken on top.â€™ Faith and a daily walk with God was â€œrealâ€, so real that it was all you knew. On the contrary here in Anywhere U.S.A., we introduced a pantry full of food, sturdy brick homes with security systems, fast food on every corner for the times you arenâ€™t standing near the pantry, restaurants with the all you can eat concept and, like a bucket of ice cold water, it hit them, we arenâ€™t in Kansas anymore! My boyâ€™s began to set back and all of a sudden â€œLife is good!â€
The honeymoon period, as they say, has ended …
Well, hereâ€™s the incredible lesson God taught us and I hope you, the reader will see it as well. The reason my boys started battling indifference about nearly everything, even spiritual matters was because they slowly began to realize that nothing here in the states is truly a matter of life and death. Here in the
It takes months!
Now they realize that they truly have not died and gone to heaven, but rather they have arrived in a post Christian, low morality, ethics absent, me first culture that very quickly comes up short as the ultimate utopia it purports to be. And, as the old saying goes, you certainly canâ€™t beat them, so theyâ€™ve decided to join them.
Starting to see it?