There is a song that we frequently sang in my early days as a believer entitled “They’ll Know We Are Christians.” It was inspired by Jesus’ command and statement in John 13:34-35—“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We certainly want to be known as followers of Jesus. We want Him to be pleased with the mark we leave on life as we take the steps in our journey. Love—compassion; Jesus was marked by His interventions for others in response to His caring motives. As a church our mission has been “Bringing Christ’s Compassion to people at the CrossRoads of life”; that means people who are part of the community of faith and those who are in the community at large and literally around the world. We are in the process of organizing and launching our CrossRoads Compassion Connection to enhance our obedience to Jesus’ command and our fruit for His Kingdom. Back to the song…here is the 3rd verse:
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Recognizing that we have only one opportunity to start this initiative we have been researching lessons learned and have uncovered some sobering lessons about engaging in compassionate programs. Charity can often, despite the most noble of motivations, result in more harm than good—creating a “superior” mentality in the donor and a “dependent” or “entitlement” mentality in the recipient of such programs. We will be carefully developing our policies and processes with a goal of bringing relief to those in great need as they seek to survive their crisis moments, but also to address the more chronic issues that lead to long term development and a relationship with God in Christ. I believe every person connected to CrossRoads can be a part of making a difference both within the body of believers and in the community. Our desire is to couple godly and loving motives with wise methods so that the dignity and long term relationships involved will be sustained and enhanced. More will be coming on this Sunday morning.
We will be meeting Monday evening to review and celebrate God’s faithfulness over the past year and to look ahead to next year. We will also vote on next year’s budget and elect our next elder and auditor. Please plan on celebrating with us!
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!
 Peter Scholtes, Copyright 1966 by F.E.L Publications