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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Editorial: Every Believer's Task

Zollie Smith
June 30, 2013

American society is in crisis. The solution to this crisis is Jesus Christ. The vehicle for the solution is the Church.

The religious leaders of His day once questioned Jesus, asking, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus answered by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV).

Later, in Matthew 25, Jesus teaches that the judgment of the saints will be based on what we have each done unto “the least of these.” In Luke 10, He answers another expert in the Law who questions, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus replies with the parable of the Good Samaritan.

These Scriptures give the Church a clear mandate. We are to represent Christ in a dying world by reaching out to the perishing with compassion, meeting the needs of the hurting and the oppressed.

The Church must be mobilized for a war on sin — not by attacking the sinner, but rather ministering through grace and love. We are to share the love of Christ not in words only, but also in deeds.

This is the job of every member of the Church. Assemblies of God U.S. Missions plays a supporting role. Our seven departments, which we call “The Seven Windows to America,” are a group of missionaries, chaplains, project volunteers and other workers who minister to social ills through serving the diverse people and special needs groups in our great nation.

It is our desire to partner with the local church, together with the civic community — city officials, nonprofits, law enforcement — and every other entity that brings a resource to the table. Together, we can feed the hungry and help the disabled, the widow, the orphan, the prisoner, the trafficking victim, the pregnant teen, and the addict. This is where the Church shines! This is a war for souls, and our best weapon is love. We show the love of Christ by serving those in need.

Will you join us?

— Zollie Smith

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