the event was a charity dinner to thank some top donors. the fashion industry is among those donors but there were many others, including the mayor. the group is called, "god's love, we deliver." they deliver meals to people debilitated by various diseases including hiv/aids. some 800,000 meals were delivered last year alone. a great work and a tremendous number of volunteers that make it all happen. my roommate's mother received meals here in the apartment i'm living in from this organization in the last couple years of her life.
obviously, the organization's name caught my eye and caused some thoughts to brew in my mind since there was no mention of god during the dinner, or his love which was being delivered. matthew 25:31 and following talks about the sheep and the goats being separated by particular activities. "i was hungry and you gave me something to eat, i was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, i was a stranger and you invited me in, i needed clothes and you clothed me, i was sick and you looked after me, i was in prison and you came to visit me. then the righteous (the sheep) will answer him, 'lord, when did we do all that?' the king will reply, 'i tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." it's difficult to argue with the actions of this group. in fact, i'm not. the sheep in the story appear to be surprised that they are among god's righteous and i'm sure there are others in this world who will be in this category. probably some surprised goats, as well. is all this delivery the spirit of christ at work?
the other side of the argument comes from john 6:28-29. here some people ask jesus, "what must we do to do the works god requires?" and jesus answers, "the work of god is this: to believe in the one he has sent." this would appear to say that belief is the primary action for disciples. is the spirit of christ at work in the charity without recognition of that spirit or is it merely human effort? is it sufficient to believe correctly but not engage in the activities of the sheep?
i have no real conclusion at this point beyond saying that both appear important. i mean, jesus said both things. you may have clearer thoughts. these were just fun musings that ran through my mind during the dinner that ralph couldn't make.