Encouraged by Compassion: Pastor Lee and The Dropbox


On March 5, I went to see The Dropbox with some friends from the Baptist Student Fellowship. The movie documents the ministry of Pastor Lee Jong-rak in Seoul, South Korea. Pastor Lee created a type of delivery box built into the wall of his house church in which abandoned children may be placed anonymously by their mothers. The baby box was built so that unwanted children would not have to be abandoned in random places or in unsafe environments, exposed to the elements and without proper food or care.

The movie began with a quote from James 1:27 which reads, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." Pastor Lee demonstrates compassion toward those who can give nothing back, and his reason for doing so is rooted in the very character of God himself, who overwhelms us with altruistic love.

As I watched carefully, God softened my heart and taught me that there is a difference between hearing and doing (James 1:22). There are those who know the Word of God well enough to teach, but there is a difference between our words and our actions. Our actions have the power to silence accusation, but our words alone do not carry such strength. Pastor Lee is a man of action, and for that reason his is above reproach. It is hard to argue against a life so well lived, is it not?

Apologetics has become a priority with ministry at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Soon, this campus will host an apologetics conference called Veritas in which the Christian leadership on campus will make a united effort to reach out to the skeptical community. Logical arguments and compelling speeches are anticipated, and the Christ followers will be encouraged from hearing some of the most gifted and recognized scientists in our nation contend for the faith.

My hope and prayer is that the fruit of the Veritas conference will provide a generation of believers with divine truth that will supplement, not replace, a life of Christ-like love in action. May Pastor Lee's story become an inspiration for us all.

Travis Nicks, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, is serving as campus ministry intern at MIT through Go Now Missions.
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