I’ve been seeing a lot of information lately about “Red Nose Day”. I got curious, because, why wouldn’t you want to investigate a big red nose, right?!? So here’s what I’ve found (and I learned it all on the Giant Information Machine, better known as the interwebs, so it MUST be true!):
“Red Nose Day was founded by Jane Tewson and Richard Curtis (writer and director of TV and films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually). Comic Relief UK launched on Christmas Day in 1985 with a live broadcast from a refugee camp in Sudan. It was created out of the firm belief that the power of mass media and high-profile celebrities can raise awareness of issues of poverty to change and save millions of lives.” -https://www.rednoseday.org/faq
I have also learned that this is not the same organization that featured Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams. That organization is now called The Tahoe Institute.
So all of this got me thinking about how we decide who we care about. I have a theory that “we” (where we = average Americans) tend to care most about people who look like us and/or who have money. I know that this does not hold true for everybody, however, generally speaking we see more on our news about Europe than Africa. An alarming number of Americans have no idea about the atrocities and genocides that are occurring in Africa. So it’s probably a good thing that we have an organization working to raise awareness and help with issues there.
Now here’s the really cool thing: did you know that God wears a big red nose for all of us every day? Furthermore, I have it on good authority that he has been for ages! That’s right, God loves you and me everyday. It often seems like there is no one on my side when I am wallowing in the muck and mire, but God is there with me, with a big red nose. Matthew 5:42 says “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” God does not expect me to give more than He does, so why would I think that if He commands me to give to those in need that He would ignore me in my time of trial? The answer is, and always has been, that HE WILL NOT IGNORE ME! We are all a big forever family. So as May 21 arrives (that’s Thursday for those of you at home keeping score) put on a Red Nose, help someone out, and know that Jesus loves you more than you could ever imagine!