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Midday blog: Modern Day Pharisees

Someone once asked me what I thought was the biggest difference with the church in America and the church in Africa. It took me a moment but then it hit me, the church in America knows Gods word, and the church in Africa experiences/lives Gods word. It’s a year later and that statement rings truer than when I first made it.  I can remember sitting in class enviously listening to my classmates spew facts about God. I remember feeling so dumb for not knowing what Calvinist or Arminianist is. My amazement however very quickly waned. You see, my reality involves receiving emails about loved ones being strangled to death, friends being convicted of four counts of murder and  cousins orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

So forgive me for not wanting to sit for long hours debating about Calvinism when, in just 5 months in 2012, over two-hundred kids under the age of twenty in Chicago died not knowing Jesus. When just across the street from us, kids live without fathers, love and hope. The brokenness and hopelessness of this world is so real to me, I guess it’s because this was my reality and story six-years ago. Even though I’m from a different continent, a different city, I can relate.

I’m blown away by how God, in His sovereignty, used a person who had no idea about different theological terms (that we spend hours deliberating over) to invite me to church. He used a song that, some argue the theological correctness of to lead me to a place of absolute repentance; in a church that many of my fellow students would frown upon. Yes the African church does not know Gods word intellectually. We cannot recite facts about Him, but we know what it means to worship Him when we have absolutely no food in the house. We have tangibly experienced Gods love, provision, peace, joy, restoration and healing and literally take Him at His word.

Joel Houston from ‘Hillsong United’ once tweeted, “Don’t ever trade your pursuit of Christ for the pursuit of knowledge about Christ…too many people seem to know everything about Him at the expense of really getting to KNOW Him…”As I reflect back on conversations I’ve had with my fellow students, I can’t help but wonder if we are not becoming more and more like the Pharisees? I am not saying that we should not be passionate about theology. In fact, I believe that having good theology is vital. However, like Clive Craigen, Moody Bible Institute Assistant Professor of World Missions and Evangelism said, “Thinking good theology is not good enough, we need to live good theology.”

Lebo PooeLebo Pooe is a student at Moody Bible Institute and currently serves as an intern for Midday Connection. Lebo was raised in a single parent home in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been a Producer/Presenter for TWR-Africa (Trans World Radio) in Johannesburg. As a result of Moody Radio’s partnership with TWR, she was selected to receive a four-year scholarship to study Communications at Moody Bible Institute. For her, it’s an answer to prayer and a dream fulfilled.  @lebop

Midday blog: One Simple Prayer

Towards the end of May, I was invited to participate in a week long gathering of women who serve with Project Hannah; a ministry of TWR, (Trans World Radio) offering compassion, encouragement and hope to suffering women around the world through prayer, awareness and radio programming.

Imagine a room filled with women from various denomination and nations. Women with different styles of prayer and languages praying to a living God who is so faithful. An amazing collective brought together by God united in prayer for women across the world. Individuals who have personally experienced the power of prayer. Within half an hour of being in the room I found myself struggling to contain my tears. I kept thinking what in the world is wrong with me? Why am I so emotional? I was reminded of another time when I experienced something similar and my Pastor said, “when God’s presence is so tangible sometimes all we can do is weep.” There is something really powerful about hearing woman not just pray but cry out to God on behalf of the woman who are broken, hurting and the voiceless. Woman standing in the gap and wrestling with the enemy for souls in bondage.

That day God broke my heart for woman all around the world dealing with injustices; girls as young as nine forced into marriages, or sold for prostitution. Woman in Europe, who suffer mental break downs because they were forced into aborting their babies. Woman in Uruguay who feel so low and have no hope that they commit suicide. Woman in North Africa who are told that if they want to get married they should get circumcised and then disowned because of health complications such as incontinence. The list is heartbreakingly endless, but instead of feeling defeated and overwhelmed I rejoiced at the fact that our God is bigger. My heart skipped a beat as I finally truly grasped that I do not need to make more money, get a certain qualification or become more spiritual to make a difference. It was in that room surrounded by these women who despite their brokenness, fear and imperfection accepted Gods call to prayer. Women who understand James 1:22 “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” (NLT)

God is raising up a generation that is rising up to take their rightful place at His feet and I’m done fooling myself and hiding behind my insecurities. I am so excited about joining the body of Christ and the sisterhood of prayer.

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” Psalm 141:2

Lebo PooeLebo Pooe is a student at Moody Bible Institute and currently serves as an intern for Midday Connection. Lebo was raised in a single parent home in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been a Producer/Presenter for TWR-Africa (Trans World Radio) in Johannesburg. As a result of Moody Radio’s partnership with TWR, she was selected to receive a four-year scholarship to study Communications at Moody Bible Institute. For her, it’s an answer to prayer and a dream fulfilled.

Midday blog: It Matters

Recently my best friend in high school passed away. I’m struggling to wrap my head around the fact that the person who had patiently helped me learn how to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams is gone. The friend who encouraged me to always verbalize my struggles, confusion, and pain. She would say, “No mater how crazy or insignificant it may seem to you, it matters to God. And it matters to me because it matters to God.” There was something so powerfully comforting about God caring about the things I labelled as petty; even as a rebellious teen with no desire to truly know God. 

About six years and many messed up situations later, I found myself desiring to truly know this God my friend had once told me cared. The more I got to know Him, the more I experienced not just His caring nature, but His extravagant selfless love. It helped me understand why my friend said, “it mattered to her because it mattered to God”. Sadly this is not how many of us Christians feel or live. In fact, the thought that our seemingly unintelligent ramblings and petty insecurities matter to Jesus, is a foreign concept for many Christians. 

If you think about it, why would people believe that their “insignificant” thoughts mattered to Christ when they don’t matter to us, the very people who should care the most? Why is it that both believers and  non-believers do not feel that the church authentically cares about them? Why do we feel unsafe to express our thoughts and feelings in a Christian environment? 

Two years ago I decided that I was done being scared. I was tired of eloquent Christians who supposedly had it all together and I was done trying to be one. As a perfectionist, it’s a scary way to live because there is nothing perfect about authenticity. It’s hard, it’s messy and extremly selfless. Daily, I have to swallow my pride and allow God to be my safety net, my spellcheck and image bearer. Daily, I have to remind myself that it matters, “because it matters to God.”   

Lebo PooeLebo Pooe is a student at Moody Bible Institute and currently serves as an intern for Midday Connection. Lebo was raised in a single parent home in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been a Producer/Presenter for TWR-Africa (Trans World Radio) in Johannesburg. As a result of Moody Radio’s partnership with TWR, she was selected to receive a four-year scholarship to study Communications at Moody Bible Institute. For her, it’s an answer to prayer and a dream fulfilled.

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