Dozens of organizations will provide hurricane relief in coming weeks and months, and I think that providing physical relief in this time of emergency is a demonstration of Christ-likeness. Meeting physical needs is surely one way to let the world know that we love them.
Still, we ought not forget that when Christ met physical needs, he also offered spiritual healing—living water, if you will. The food and healing was not always conditional on faith, but the offer of the gospel was clear. In coming days I hope to provide contact information for churches that are working to make their relief efforts gospel-centered amid the chaos. If you know of gospel-centered relief efforts in the Katrina-devastated area, please e-mail me at paleoevangelical [at] gmail [dot] com.