Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Opus 2013-213: What Do the Poor Really Need?, Part 2 of 2

When it came to helping the poor, the Founders also thought in terms of the big picture.
“...the belief that God's law overarched every aspect of life suggested that the most important need of the poor who were unfaithful was to learn about God and God's expectations for man.   Spiritual as well as material help was a matter of obligation rather than request,...” p. 8
They understood that if you fed their body and starved their soul all you were doing was preparing someone to go to hell with a full stomach.  Personal involvement was necessary to convey the “why” of your help.

It also made room for a view of the sinful nature.  The method the church I was visiting used rewarded sloth and penalized industry.  Who would get first shot at the fresh food delivered to the “community outreach director”?  The community outreach director and his friends, of course.  Next would be the people who had not gone to work that day.  The single mother who was working and trying to make it would find things well picked over or all gone by the time she got a chance to receive the bounty.

I can’t get excited about the way in which this church or other churches take the easy way.  Personal involvement takes time and demands choices.  Understanding of the problem of sin sets priorities and determines methods.  This approach is not received well by people who have been taught they deserve to be provided for.  It is attacked by those who make their living being paid good salaries to “help” those in “need.”  It is consistent with what the whole Bible teaches.

It seems harsh but I am not sure that some people wouldn’t be better off learning to stand on their own two feet rather than making some well-to-do yuppies feel benevolent.

Olasky, Marvin.  The Tragedy of American Compassion.  Washington, D.C.:  Regnery
    Publishing, Inc., 1992.

homo unius libri


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    1. I am on a roll, but then I always did figure your head was on straight.

      Grace and peace.


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