taking the words of Jesus seriously

All to often the attention of our audience is placed on Red Letter Christian speakers and authors rather than the average person. While I am out traveling from city to city speaking and preaching the Red Letters many individuals are going about their daily lives while incorporating the message of Red Letter Christianity through both their words and their actions. It is through these folks that the message and ministry of Red Letter Christianity truly spreads.

I was recently reading the paper and came across an article that highlights the work of the Reverend Darrell Armstrong. Darrell is the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ. On a late Sunday in November between his morning and evening services, Darrell led a 12 mile run from Princeton to Trenton in an effort to raise awareness about those children currently in need of adoption both in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Through raising awareness it is Darrell’s hope that more children will be adopted out of the foster system and given a loving home in which to be raised. Can I get an AMEN?!

Darrell’s run and raising awareness campaign gives us a clear example of what Christ meant when he spoke of the “kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.” As the prophet Isaiah points out in Isaiah 65 the kingdom of Heaven does not contain any children without a home. The spread of the kingdom on earth is done through us individuals and can begin in our very own backyard. We do not need to travel abroad or even seek out a specific mission organization (these are good ways as well though). Instead the spread of Christ’s kingdom on earth begins in the backyard and hometown of every follower of Christ. Darrell is passionate about changing the current landscape of adoption where many children never find a loving home to be raised in.

What are you passionate about? What is a need in your community? Whatever it is get involved, and if there isn’t a movement regarding a need that you see then why not start one?

Together we can be agents of change, carriers of Christ’s love into the broken areas of our own backyards and communities. Won’t you join in?

To read the full article about Darrell and his awareness campaign click here »

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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