And I am not at all for having a Random Acts of Kindness Week. As Christians we are called to love others, which might not be kind at all. And let's not be random at all please. Can we make our whole lives reflect the love we have been shown by the Triune God? Can we exhibit the charity that goes with being a disciple of Jesus Christ?
How many of these random acts of kindness are simply meant to evoke a warm and fuzzy feeling in people? Can I pass on being randomly kind, and instead live out my friendship with God consistently and continually? Why do we raise up this week as something special? It really should not be.
What we must wrestle with is the issue of what is the character of the Church. Are we a volunteer organization that seeks to occassionally reach out, or do we show God's love and mercy even when it hurts, bearing the cross?
So instead of Random Acts of Kindness, let's focus instead on the works of mercy, which are:
The corporal works of mercy are:
- Feeding the hungry
- Giving drink to the thirsty
- Clothing the naked
- Harboring the stranger
- Visiting the sick
- Ministering to prisoners
- Burying the dead
The spiritual works of mercy are:
- Admonishing the sinner
- Instructing the ignorant
- Counseling the doubtful
- Comforting the afflicted
- Bearing wrongs patiently
- Forgiving injuries
- Praying for the living and the dead