Monday, July 20, 2009

The Hole in Our Gospel a Powerful Book

Recently I went to hear a motivational speaker at my church. By a chance meeting in the restroom, I had the opportunity to tell her about my film "White Rainbow". She gave me a copy of the book she was promoting called "A Hole in the Gospel" by Richard Stearns, the president of the Christian humanitarian organization- World Vision. I finally found the time to read it on my trip here in India. Boy is it powerful! It is a call to action for all believers to take the words of Christ seriously. If we really love God we need to help the poor. "The highest and and best ways of expressing our love for God is by demonstrating His love tangibly to those around us. We achieve this by showing compassion to the most vulnerable of God's children and fighting for justice. "...."Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this : to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (James 1:27) He explains further " The message puts it this way:"Anyone who sets himself up as 'religious' by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless int their plight, and guard against corruption for the godless world" God wants to see the authenticity of our faith put into action, not the emptiness of a faith without deeds." pg 185 "The Hole in Our Gospel"
Reading this book has encouraged me to continue in my fight to get the message out about the unfair and unjust treatment that many widows in India face.


  1. Our pastor is always saying "it is easy to love the lovable; but as Christians, we are called upon to love the 'unlovable'". Glad to see you up and blogging. Hope all is going well in India! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your undertaking task with "White Rainbow" is noble.

  2. Thank you Gayle for your encouraging words! That is a great reminder from your pastor about loving the "unlovable". I think that old widows are often forgotten as they are not attractive in our eyes. It is easy to feel compassion for children and the lovely but if we look at them through God's eyes, we can begin to see thier lovely spirits that were created in His image.