“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give people money to help poor and suffering people is immoral, self-righteous, bullying and laziness! People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed and sheltered. If we’re compassionate, we’ll help them but, you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people but, no joy in doing it at gunpoint!”
~ Penn Jillette
Comedian, Magician, Entertainer and atheist
Just curious, I wonder how many people who are demanding their leaders help all these “refugees” a.k.a. “illegal aliens” at taxpayer expense have actually done anything to help these people?
If you answered NONE! Congratulations, go to the head of the class.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4 ESV)
Why God May Delay
“Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude
coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread,
that these may eat?’ But this He said to test him, for He Himself
knew what He would do.”
When we see a need we grow frustrated. But when Jesus sees a need He already knows what He wants to do. Not only will He meet the need, but He will reveal Himself in the process. Sometimes He will leave the need unmet, at least for a season, and just reveal Himself to us as All that we need (2 Corinthians 12:8,9).
This explains why it sometimes appears that the Lord delays in answering us. He already knows what He is going to do, but we do not know. He waits for us to see if we will trust Him as Infinite Supply. Is Jesus “Lord” only after He answers us? Or is Jesus “Lord” whether He answers us or not? The Lord’s “proving ground” is just there, in between the Need and the Answer. And sometimes it is, indeed, quite a stretching, and a thorough test.
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The news has everyone in a frenzy stating that we need to purchase Christmas gifts now because there won't be anything left come mid-November. Here's a novel idea. Maybe we shouldn't worry about the material things. Maybe we should just be grateful for the gift of family, friends, our health, a warm home, food on the table, memories, etc. The list goes on & on of what we have to be grateful for that doesn't come with a price tag. Maybe this is God's way of telling us it's time to drop all this debauched covetousness that we've dressed up with his name.
Just saying. . .
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