I love to help poor people. To put bags of grociers on a poor family's porch and secretly watch from afar, it is so uplifting! "There, but by the Grace of God, go I". I am going to make it my personal goal to help a poor person every week.
---sue on 5/29/07|
Yes, I consider the poor. I contribute to friends in Kenya and have recently gotten more people involved in helping them. I also help a homeless man in my area. He hadn't seen his family in 9 yrs. I found them online and arranged a visit with all of them (they don't live in the area). He didn't go home with them, but we all still help him. I think it's our individual responsibility and the government does help to an extent (it's been tough getting them to help my homeless friend though).
---AlwaysOn on 9/4/06|
Donna, this is the main reason home churches are just starting to become popular again (like they were during the first 300 years after Christ went to Heaven) so they are able to use 100% of their resources to give to the needy.
---Steveng on 8/26/06|
Shira, Whenever you start feeling your blood pressure rising because of some lazy poor person getting handouts from the govt. just start thinking: "I'm GLAD it isn't ME".
Maybe that will help.
---sue on 8/26/06|
Why do churches have building funds when there are hungry people right in the church?
Helen, you probably forgot that Jesus fed 5,000 people with just a few fish, and then he fed seven thousand people right after that.
Beloved, I wish above all that thou mayest prosper and be in good health even as thy soul prospers. Prosperity begins in the soul, not your hand. Amen?
---Donna9759 on 8/25/06|
I think it's no so much of what you can do for the poor ( Absolute or reletive) but what we do for the poor in mind, body and spirit. For those that wrong us and we fail to forgive or for those that are against the world and we fail to pray for their minds to be open and for them to be blessed. the sinner gives also! how are you any different?
---Carla5754 on 8/25/06|
All people everywhere are to help the poor- That is, every body in every place. One person should not be living in extravagance and the neighbor beside suffering impoverishment. The "haves" are commanded to share with the "have nots", just as the early church has done. Do you have 2 houses, give 1 to him whom has not; 2 cars, give 1 to him whom has not; 2 coats, 2 meals, 2 jobs. Don't hold your hand tightly closed. Please read Matthew 25:31-46.
---Eloy on 8/25/06|
Helen:"burden would be just too much on the church as a whole, given the state of the world and how much worse it is getting" I believe God is able and has the resources. The US alone is largely responsible for the existance of poverty (even though much is given by U.S.) As a whole the U.S. is more concerned with it's pleasure and comfort. More U.S dollars go to entertainment then most necessary things. A look at the early church in Acts when all shered, gave of their own shows much
---christina on 8/25/06|
There are several families I help to stay off government welfare. They are hard-working people who have been self-supporting and are anxious to be that again.
There is no more wasteful use of money than to give it to the governnment.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for the church to meet all the needs of all the poor. And the laws that make churches "tax exempt" make it harder, not easier, for Christians to help through their churches.
---Donna2277 on 8/24/06|
It's a both/and, not either/or.
However, at least in the USA, you don't get that much on food stamps.
A friend of mine gets 603 in disability and a grand total of 11 a month in food stamps.
---Jack on 8/24/06|
Did the "Good Samaritan," seeing the person lying on the side of the road, call the police or asked the government for help? No, he PERSONALLY helped the person. Don't just rely on the Body of Christ or the Government. It's up to us individually to help people in need. Jesus didn't say, "Did your church give to the poor?" or "Did your government give to the poor?" No, he directed his question directly to the individual.
---Steveng on 8/24/06|
These answers to this question are very uplifting. May God richly richly bless each and every one who are concerned with the poor.
---mima on 8/24/06|
The Government should consider the poor -- that burden would be just too much on the church as a whole, given the state of the world and how much worse it is getting hour by hour. However, we as Christians are expected by God to help the poor. There is much to say about the poor right through God's Word. I sponsor a little girl in Africa, and also send money to help her family too.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06|
Jesus said that if we did not feed the poor, we were not feeding Him, and would not be recognised when we tried to get into heaven.
We should individually do something about it, not rely on the government, but should not complain when the govt uses some of our tax money for it..
Unless you really want to hear, I won't give details of how I "feed the hungry"
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/24/06|
The Body of Christ as a whole should feed the poor. The government programs we have in place don't really work. Why? Because put someone on welfare, then try to get them off of it. The church should and I believe is doing it's job. Look at what Joyce Meyer ministry did for Katrina victims. Look at what Jesse Duplantis Ministry did. He paid for apartments for thousands of people to live free in them for 1 year because he footed the bill. When the church does it's part, the government won't have to.
---Donna9759 on 8/24/06|
IN MY OPINION, I believe it is the responsibility of the body of Christ. I think it's great if the government gets involved, I certainly wouldn't turn it down, but if we all did our part to take care of eachother, the government may not have to get involved.
---Katie on 8/24/06|
The bible says if a man won't work, let him starve. That does not apply to people who are poor and hurting. There is a poor family in our church. They all work hard but they still struggle. I don't like my tax money going to people who sit around all day on the front porch and won't work. I mean able bodied people who are LAZY. My blood pressure goes up on this one.
---shira on 8/24/06|
I am operating two baptist missions and we take food donations from churches and indivuals and give to the poor each month. We are planing a Thanksgiving dinner for many poor foke this November. My wife and son are cooking the meal. We are in the process of getting food stuffs together for that.
---Rev_Herb on 8/24/06|
I work with the indigent daily in my career and also in my personal life. I've been given so much and believe it is a sin for me not to share it with others.
---Annie on 8/24/06|
I think it should be up to both. How easily it could be me living in need. Oh dear, I am not sure of the verse, but somewhere Jesus says when we feed the hungry, and clothe the naked, we are doing it unto Him.
---bethie on 8/24/06|