They may just be selling something.
In less than half a second, a Google search for “save the world” returns 2.5 billion hits. Apparently, a lot of people want to save the world. Even more simply want to change it (a search for “change the world” yields 3.3 billion hits). You’ve heard them. “Recycle! Kill the terrorists! Reduce your carbon footprint! Walk to cure _______!” The list is endless. Now, I’m not saying these causes are all bad. I support some of them myself. I’m simply suggesting that we evaluate our causes with care and not fall for the sales pitch that if we do _______ we’re saving the world. Not that it doesn’t need saving. It does. We do. But consider for a moment, how many people offering you a cause to support are worthy of your trust? More importantly, how many are worthy of the title “Savior”? And what should the criteria for a savior be? I suggest at least five items:
- Walk on water.
- Raise the dead.
- Die for the sins of the world.
- Come back to life.
- Ascend into heaven.
Sorry, but if you cannot do those things, you don’t get to be my savior.
You still want me to support your cause? OK, what are you selling? Or, what’s your agenda? You want my money, my vote, my love, my allegiance, my worship?
You, my friend, may be wondering about my agenda. Do I have one? Sure. Yes, I’d like to make some money at this eventually (I’m not yet, in case you’re wondering). But, ultimately, I want you to, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)
Who knows? Together, we might just save the world.