benevolence

Consistency

This is not Socialism:

(Acts 2:44-47 NASB95) 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they [began] selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

And neither is this:

Wearing Masks
Getting vaccinated

The point in both cases is looking out for the welfare of others. That’s humility. Pride is the virus that makes people think of themselves first, and many times, only.

I realize that as a conservative Christian, that I’m addressing an audience that may be opposed to Vaccine and mask mandates. For me the issue is simple. The Christian ethic encourages us to think of others first. So I’m curious, are you thinking of others.? Do you have sufficient evidence to refuse to wear a mask or be vaccinated? Does you position also support others in supporting a view that warns people of dangers for doing so?

News Reports

When I watch the news I see medical experts concerned about the safety of our population. I don’t see people denigrating the character of the people reporting the news. But when I see the opposite point of view expressed I see people’s character questioned and claims of a vast conspiracy to usher in “Socialism”. That is true top some extent inn our current government programs. But the biggest beneficiaries are the major corporations and the top 1% of our population owns a greater share of our economy ever year. That is leading to a Plutocracy like the Roman Senate where the wealthy bought their positions in the Senate.

I’m concerned more about a Plutocracy than Socialism. I’m happy to see in our current economy that companies are finally realizing they need to pay higher wages to the people at the bottom of our labor force. The extra money in their pockets will allow them to build wealth and not just survive. I’m not believing the conspiracy theories simply because of the way they’re presented.

Scripture

The first place anyone searching for answers is to go to scripture. And scripture repeats the theme of humility. In the Beatitudes is an even greater admonition: “to be poor in spirit”. More than putting others first it also points us to total dependence on God. Jesus is a perfect example of this. Is it sin to think that we are more deserving than our Savior?

(Philippians 2:5-8 WEB) 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

This scripture reminds me of the strife we’re experiencing in America today. To me the Capital Riot revealed a dangerous sign of self-righteous actions that were the genesis of anarchy. In an anarchy it is the lawless who rule. In this scenario self-seeking pride becomes the culture of our society.

(Philippians 2:3 WEB) [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

No one like Hitler or Stalin is in either political party in America. I don’t believe that it’s necessary to act as if they were. I don’t see anyone listening to one another. That goes for politicians and our citizens. Disagreements are necessary because they insure that issues are looked at from several different perspectives. Neither party is planning on creating a totalitarian government. Surely there must be common grounds on some part of every situation. When there’s areas where common ground doesn’t exist, that needs to wait for another session of Congress.

(Luke 6:27-28 WEB) 27 But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to them who hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you.

Freedom is not license; it is part of as shared responsibility to one another that ultimately benefits all of us. To simply live for self weakens our social fabric and weakens our resiliency in times of disaster and military threats. In reality each person’s freedom is enhanced by others giving mutual support in some way or another.

(Galatians 5:13 WEB) For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Aren’t we supposed to help those in need? Can all the criticism of people on welfare be justified? On the flip side are our benevolent efforts aimed at a hand-up or just maintaining a dysfunctional existence? My experience with church benevolent efforts make me believe our efforts both non-profit and government are half-hearted. And how many critics have actually worked at providing a hand-up.

The scripture passage below shows that creating a hands-up ministry starts with putting others first. And it asks that the “strong” are to do it. Could it be that there are no strong-in-the-faith Christians to do the work that would provide the hand-up?

(Romans 15:1-3 WEB) 1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbor for [his] good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

The verse below gives a definitive description of the need to help the needy. What do our churches do? Do they do any of the things that Jesus listed as His responsibility? Are those people that insist on being “free” doing any of these things? Where does it say that they have to meet our criteria before we look their way? Did we meet Christ’s criteria before we were saved? We did! We were wretched and despised in the eyes of the Lord and destined for Hell before Jesus offered His hand and we took it.

(Luke 4:18 WEB) The spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Humility is the key to understanding how

we, the church, and our country are to restore the “United” to the “States of America”!

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