I was listening to Christian Talk Radio which is really more like the Preaching Station: And I totally love it. I was in between listening to Chip Ingram and James McDonald or maybe it was David Jeremiah and Woodrow Crowle. (do you not just LOVE that name?)
It doesn’t matter. That’s not the point of my story.
As I was in the van, Chuck Bentley from Crown Financial Ministries came on. Keep in mind that I totally love Crown Financial Ministries. I think their principles are amazing and right on target.
This minute segment had to do with our country’s welfare system: How the European system uses less money on each individual than the US does.
Then, he stated that our country’s welfare system was doing more harm than good for those who are down and out.
Okay, sure to some degree I agree with him.
And THEN, he said, “Don’t let the government take away what the church should be doing.”
Excuse me? Since when is that an issue? Don’t you think if the church really wanted to get involved in helping the poor, they would do it no matter what?
The problem isn’t that the government took it away from the church. The problem is that the church isn’t doing what it’s called to do.
All through the Bible God talks about taking care of the poor and the children and the widows. If we are Christ’s ambassadors as followers of him, where does that responsibility fall?
Let me tell you. The church! Those of us who follow Jesus who come together as a body.
What is the point of the church? To get together in pretty clothes, to see our friends, to sing the best songs? Where does the church put it’s money? In new buildings, in new sound systems, in gym equipment?
None of this is bad stuff. But when it causes us to overlook the true purpose of God’s body (to worship him and care for those He created and loves), we are not only disregarding His call; we are sinning.
I have stated this before. We are one WIC and we are on MA. When I get my Explanation of Benefits, I get really mad that a doctor’s visit that costs $79 only gets $26. I worked for doctors. I know that the services they are give are worth more than $26. Health is worth more.
This bugs me, but not enough to go insurance-less. Right now, with 4 young children and 2 with more chronic and serious health issues (not life threatening, but serious nonetheless), I would like them to be insured.
We went to our church for financial help once when Chris was in school. We had been denied a school loan because he was taking just the 6 remaining credits that he needed. It was too much for us to afford, but we didn’t know what else to do since I was working full time and he was in school and working opposite school and we had 2 little girls.
You know what I was told by one of the pastors? “Maybe he should take another couple of credits so he CAN take out a loan.”
Thanks so much for your help. Now I feel like a moron for asking for help. Chris didn’t even want me to ask in the first place.
And that was why.
Churches can do a better job. Churches should do a better job.
But since they aren’t and our government (and I know a lot of it has to do with them making off of us) DOES provide help, it’s costing the taxpayer.
Show me a state where the church is doing it’s job and the government isn’t needed.
Okay, show me a county where the church has got it covered.
Okay, show me a city.
Show me something and then we can talk.
Whether the government is helping or not, the church can make a big difference in its community. If it’s doing its job right, it will surpass government help. Don’t give me baloney about the government preventing the church from doing its job.
And don’t hand out blanket statements about the poor when YOU are not helping to equip them.