In 1863 the United States started consription service, that is what we now call a draft. We know God does not have a conscription army but an army made up enterly of volunteers. But there was another interesting facet of ths draft. You could buy your way out by paying a $300 commutation fee.. Does this remind us of the church of today?
I was hungery and you sent me to a soup kitchen, I was naked and you sent me to a clothes closet, a stranger and you sent me to a homeless shelter. Hiring others to do what God called us to do. I have been to the missions conferences and heard the punch line they give: you cannot be everywhere so I can represent you here…and there and there and there. Do not think that I am condemn giving but it does not replace service.
What did Jesus say to those sheep at His right hand?
Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Christianity is not to be experienced second hand. We are called to be front line soldiers.