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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Opus 2016-13: Discernment Watch: Charity Cripples

I recently read an article in the magazine Costco sends out monthly about people involved in charity work.  At first and second glance it was heartwarming.  These are people trying to reach out and help those in need.  Who could have a problem with that?


In almost every case I could say they are preventing people from standing on their own two feet.  The problem with charity work is that it tends to interrupt the normal flow of economics and responsibility.  It gets people making choices based on false realities.

Let me give you an example that I am stealing from someone from long ago.  There was a basketball coach who had a cause.  He was concerned for people without shoes in third world countries.  He put a program in place that gathered thousands of pairs of shoes and took them overseas to distribute among those in need.  Who could have a problem with that?

Whomever I am stealing this from.

What are the results of this?  In the country that got the free shoes, the people who made shoes were put out of work.  The people that sold shoes made no money.  Entrepreneurs who might have stepped forward left the country or went to work for a Chinese multinational.  Short term they got shoes.  Long term they lost a future.  Think about that next time you want to subsidize someone’s health care or income.  It used to be if you wanted a better life you would get training, work longer hours, take a chance on a new idea or marry well.  In the Progressive era you just look like a victim and hold out your hand.

Charity should be either “emergency only” or genuine preparation for the future. 

homo unius libri


  1. For the most part, I'd have to agree.

    1. I am also aware that people like me, with none of the gift of mercy, need to work at kindness when dealing with people in need. For me it is a tough balance.

      Grace and peace


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.