Pink ribbons decorate every grocery store aisle. Athletes run on the field with every kind of pink accessory possible. Every type of item imaginable boasts a pink ribbon shape – from sprinkles and mints to hair clips and emery boards. In case you did not know, October is a “pink cause” month: breast cancer awareness month.
I am not writing this to make fun of the efforts to bring about awareness and a cure to breast cancer. I’m not writing this because I think breast cancer is not that big of a deal, because it really is. And I’m definitely not writing this because I think breast cancer isn’t a problem we, as Christians, should be concerned with, because we should. However, our actions and involvement should be on an entirely different level than the “average person.”
I have no issue with people looking for a cure to their life ailments, an answer to their uncertainties, a solution to their problems – at least, that all depends on where they are looking. Are they turning to Jesus or are they relying on human help, human ability, and a human treatment to their predicament?
As Christians, we are to be Christians, not humanitarians. Humanitarianism is the declaration, the resolution that the solution to all of life’s problems is found in human beings and if mankind would just unite together, we could “make the world a better place.”
The problem with putting our identity in humanitarian efforts is that it strives to bring a solution to life’s problems outside of Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is, Jesus Christ is the solution to life’s problems! Jesus not only is able to heal physically, He can heal spiritually!!
Remember we are not here to “make the world a better place,” but rather, to “turn the world upside-down – for Jesus!” Whether or not you support and encourage the breast cancer awareness efforts, remember to do so in the Name of Jesus: in Jesus, with Jesus, to Jesus, and for Jesus.
As we live out our lives for the Lord, we are to make our identity in Him. When non-believers ask us why we do what we do, it’s not so that we can live a “happy” life, it’s not so that we can live longer here on earth, and (though this may sound unchristian) it’s not even to help those who are struggling and in pain. The reason we do what we do – the reason we are alive – is to spread Jesus’ name and give glory to God.
Perhaps we prefer to be associated with standing for humanitarian causes instead of pointing those in need to Christ because we are ashamed to wear His Name. Sometimes we are ashamed to identify ourselves as Christians because we think others will look down upon us, we won’t be accepted, or they will shut off from us. However, Peter says: “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” And Paul states: For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So when living to “turn the world upside-down”, remember that our identity is not humanitarians – our identity is Christians!