She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20
Yes. One verse. Mainly because I think that the Church as a whole has failed at this miserably. We just don’t reach out our hands to help people. Do we help those who come to us, yes. But we don’t really reach out to help people much.
Politically, I am not a Democrat, nor am I a Republican. I am an Independent. Why am I telling this to you? Because it will help you to understand where I am coming from.
I think that (in some ways) the Democrats have their hearts in the right place. They want people to be treated better. They want families to be fed, and have housing, and health care, and clothing. I think they are right. People SHOULD be treated better. Families should have food, and housing, clothes, and health care, clothing, and job opportunities. Here is where I disagree. I don’t think that the Government should be providing those things. The Government of the United States was not set up to provide those things. But I know an entity that was. The Church. It was set up back in the day to provide all of those things. The body of believers would get together and share everything. We are to take care of widows and orphans. I’m not suggesting that we sell all we have…but this is what our OFFERING is supposed to be for. Not our tithe, that’s something totally different.
I think that (in some ways) the Republicans are right. Giving hand outs doesn’t help people. Not really. Give a man a fish and he eats for the day, teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life. I don’t think the Government should be giving permanent hand outs. Help people. Really help people. Teach them marketable skills. I believe that if someone is getting WIC or Food Stamps, then they should be required to take classes in job or life skills. When you give a hand up instead of a hand out, you will also give self esteem. I also think that the churches should be doing this…not the Government.
Pretty Radical, huh?
For our household, we do several things. We are constantly donating to our church food pantry. We provide food for people in the community who need it, anytime word gets to us. And starting in a month or so, we will be doing service projects IN the community to help people.
Do you have any Helping Hands ideas we can use? We’ll be happy to use them…and report back to you how it went!!!!