What If? Visions of the Future or Future Fridays

I’m a visionary of sorts. What I mean is that I often think about and dream about what would happen if… the big radical amazing changes we long to take place actually took place. In an effort to encourage my imagination and spread the vision of change to others, I’m gonna start writing once in a while some of these thoughts. Don’t know if I’ll call them by a unique title or not, any ideas?

In reflection on yesterdays post on Jesus’ statements on Wealth
What if Everyone Who Read The Bible Lived Out What Jesus said about Wealth and Possessions.

First of all, I think there would be a lot more people that chose to step out of the rat race, selling their possessions and wandering the land (just like Jesus!). But let’s think on a large scale. I’m not gonna look up specific numbers, but let’s just suppose there are 1 billion people in the world who actually read the Bible. If each of them read Jesus’ words and chose to live their lives accordingly it would mean incredible change in the world. Let’s assume they chose to continue at their jobs, provide the basics for their family and gave the rest to those in need.
There would be no one homeless or without something to eat in the entire United States. If a Bible reader saw a person walking the street with nothing to eat or no were to sleep they would bring them to their house and feed them, clothe them, and provide them with shelter. If they didn’t have room at their home they would do as the Samaritan and provide the finances to feed, clothe and shelter their companion until they are well enough to make it on their own.
Organizations like World Vision and Compassion which sponsor children through out the world would suddenly have more finances available then children and they would have to quadruple their service to every child in the entire world.

We could probably fully fund feeding, vaccinating, providing clean water, educating, and housing ever person on the planet.

Imagine that.

And just in case you thought there wasn’t any validity to this, here’s a stat from Generous Giving:
Generosity Potential (American Churchgoers)

1. If members of historically Christian churches in the United States had raised their giving to the Old Testament’s minimum standard of giving (10 percent of income) in 2000, an additional $139 billion a year would become available.

2 thoughts on “What If? Visions of the Future or Future Fridays”

  1. Ariah,

    This is such an inspiring thing to think about. 🙂

    I’ve discussed this idea with other like-minded people before, and we’ve all pretty much agreed that things could change drastically if we were ALL living like we actually believed the things in the Bible. It really hits home, though, when you look at numbers like that and realize the massive kingdom-shift that’s well within our grasp.

    We just have to act on it, ya know? I think everyone likes to make excuses why it’s not practical, or why these scriptures are “not for us today”, or that only *some* are called to live so sacrificially… but just imagine if we all took that leap of faith, made the decision, started walking it out, living differently as of tomorrow, the change that could take place in one single day is insane. Think about the effects of this lifestyle in one whole month…

    Amazing!!!

    Ohav Shalom,
    Jamie

  2. I was reading this book, Mere Discipleship, recently and it was explaining how after Christianity became the majority religion, that’s when people began interpreting things to be “not for us today,” and that only “some” are called, like your talking about. It was quite interesting and makes a lot of sense.

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