As part of tonight’s update on my previous Destiny post, I had a look a their website.
As one would expect, there’s plenty of donation buttons and Brian appears promoting his book. Modest eh!
I would venture to point out that just perhaps one obvious example of religious and social activism just might come to mind! (I think we can safely dismiss Brian’s contribution to politics as “not helpful”.)
Outside of Christ himself, I would nominate George Muller, a man who spent his life proving that God listens to prayer for our daily needs. His orphanages cared for thousands of orphans (some of who are alive today – I know someone who met one of them), feeding them, clothing them and housing them.
In all his life, he did not once even hint at a public appeal – rather temporal needs were always bought to God.
It would be wrong to think that the answers to prayer that George Müller experienced were all easy and quick – his diaries show that his experience was often far from that. Life was tough at times, but he learned to be persistent in and committed to the challenging task that God set him – that of demonstrating the faithfulness of God in prayer, often in the most miraculous of circumstances. His diaries provide documentary evidence of 50,000 answers to prayer, of which 30,000 had been answered in 24 hours or less!
Here was a man who, in want, knew the challenge of waiting and being persistent in prayer; a man who was so thankful that he saw the faithfulness of God in answering those prayers, many of which were miraculous, timely and fairly immediate. It is not surprising that his story spans not just the ages but also the nations, for many seek the intimacy that Müller enjoyed with his God.
Rather than inventing new ways of raising money, he simply asked God for what he needed. Rather than building up his wealth, he placed his needs before his maker.
His work continues today, and their web site doesn’t have a single donation button.