Summary: Hometown. Comfortable confines. Known streets. Familiar sights. Our people. Our mission field? Our challenge? Our assignment?
Pt. 1 - Cry . . . Baby!
Apathy. The word is defined as and literally means "without feeling". Little or no concern. From the Greek it perhaps carries the most revealing and what should be the most frightening definition for us today . . . Without passion! How devastating, what a shame if we are passionate only in name? The name of this body was not chosen because it was cool. It was chosen because in one word it speaks to the standard that we are called to uphold and to live up to. If we can't live up to that, then we are guilty of false advertising. You can not brand yourself "Passion" and at the same time find yourself consumed by apathy. If you choose to attend this church then you have are also accepting the demand that our name places on us!
As we have marched through the principalities that we are trying to defeat I believe that this principality is the toughest because if you connect until you are no longer isolated, if you get freedom financially to breakout of poverty and if you are filled with hope, but then you continue to be bound by apathy you will have relationships, resources, and what others need and you will sit on the sidelines, bored, uninvolved, unmoved and unconcerned. A form of godliness without the power to prove it! Over the course of the next few weeks we are going to attack our apathy toward people and towards God. You may think those are backwards. However, I think that if we can't love those we see how can we love the One we can't see? I am asking you to allow the Holy Spirit to talk to you - apathy will try to get you to think this is for the person next to you!
Oklahoma is ranked among the highest in the nation for women killed in domestic disputes. 593 Oklahomans, mostly women, were killed by their intimate partners between 1998 and 2013. Half of the counties in Oklahoma lack a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
A quarter of all children in Oklahoma are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight. Nearly 700,000 adults are unsure about where their next meal will come from. 1 in 16 Oklahoma seniors are also at risk of going to bed hungry tonight.
Over 10,000 children are in DHS custody due to neglect, abuse or they are simply unwanted. In 2014, 14,182 children were confirmed by DHS as victims of maltreatment.
Oklahoma has become the pipeline for sex trafficking of children in the United States. Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in “Child Abuse” and “Children Going to Bed Hungry,” second in “Homeless Youth” and “Teen Pregnancy”, third in “Divorce”, and fourth in “Women Murdered by a Husband/Lover.” These conditions combine to make the children of Oklahoma some of the most vulnerable in the nation.
The average sex trafficking victim in America is now twelve years old.
In 2014, 4,916 babies were aborted (murdered) in Oklahoma.
In 2014, 626,906 Oklahomans lived below the poverty level which is less than $23,000 a year income for a family of 4. 209,022 children living in poverty in 2014. 284,000 Children in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment. The Oklahoma City Public School District had 3,187 homeless children enrolled in the 2014-15 academic year. Oklahoma had 43,643 homeless children in 2012-2013.