Gratitude Is Fine, But It Isn't Enough
If we're really people of faith we give thanks and give back.
11/28/2005 01:29:02 PM
My husband and I spoke about this very thing over our Thanksgiving holiday weekend. World poverty and hunger. I understand that our government pays farmers to NOT produce food so as to keep the market price where they feel it needs to be. So land sits idle when it could be used to produce food for the poor. Why can't both scenarios exist? Why can't farmers produce food for US consumption at the US selling rate and use the rest of their God-given land to produce food for the poor. I agree with cknuck when he states that there is enough pie for us all. We as humans can do better than we are.
11/27/2005 01:14:48 AM
Adopt a nursing home resident (or two) and spend some time with them. Many of our elderly have no family nearby. Loneliness is a terrible poverty that can't be fixed by donations of anything except personal time. Until we start addressing all types of need, even those who have physical and financial wealth will suffer from the poverty of the soul.
11/27/2005 01:14:08 AM
Let's not forget that there are many forms of poverty and need. Most realize the physical and financial poverty of the homeless and the hungry. There is also a very real spiritual and emotional poverty throughout this country. While people find it easy to recognize the need to donate food and dollars to feed and clothe the less fortunate, many fail to understand the need for a kind word or a little time for a stranger (and in many instances, a family member). Instead of just opening your wallet, try giving words of encouragement to someone having a bad day. Be patient and understanding to the clerk who's attitude may be the result of dealing with nasty people before you. Slow down and let someone on the freeway in front of you.
11/25/2005 09:51:19 PM
tootlebee, Don't feel bad. You were trying to do the right thing. Maybe you're better off giving directly to an organization, like a local food pantry, so you know exactly where the money is going and how it's being used. If you have any questions about charities, one place to research is www.guidestar.org. Another is www.networkforgood.org. One more is www.communityfoundations.net. Good luck.
11/25/2005 09:41:13 PM
I agree with cknuck, mostly. I have some stories similar to his and they are over a lifetime, so this problem has been here a long time. The administration cutting back on all the helps poor people were receiving here is throwing them all back in a hole again, while we try to correct the terrorism problem that could be solved in a differnent way. We could probably up our percentage in what we give to other countries, because I think I read we give less then most others, but I don't think it should ever exceed our own problems with the poor here.
11/25/2005 10:49:28 AM
I choose to help those less fortunate in what is to many a foolish way. I see people in front of grocery stores, on onramps, and offramps with cardboard signs saying "everyone needs a little help sometime, can you help?". Now the same people who would never miss a church service have told me that these people are just ripping me off. They probably use the money for alcohol, drugs, or a way of making a living. I know this is true for some of them, but I would rather give the money knowing that maybe half of the people are really hungry and will use the money for a good purpose. I also share my faith with anyone who accepts my money (I know that it is really more valuable). Jesus loved the unlovable and sinful and I try to always think, What Would Jesus do. If you have never been in the position where you really needed a couple of dollars just to put gas in your tank so you could drive to work, maybe you can't relate. I can. God bless you all.
11/24/2005 01:07:56 PM
C.R. I love your handle. First of all there is nothing you have posted I disagree with except maybe; "Let's not make the poor in America and the poor in the World fight over the same small slice of the pie." The pie is truly not small, and no one in the true nature of wealth should have to fight, there is enough pie for us all. Here in Phila. I was so hungry as a child; I was often chased out of trolley barns eating the road salt that was stored there. So I know a little about hunger and lack of opportunity right here at home I am blessed that I survived. There were preachers just like Mr. Campolo around then and I still starved right under their noses. I just believe we will never be effective combating poverty internationally until we are thoroughly committed to eliminating it here at home. Thanks for such a well thought out response.
11/24/2005 09:18:03 AM
To "cknuck" who posted before me, I ask, if charity starts at home, does charity ever go beyond the home? Do we wait until every child in America is fed, educated and given proper attention before we turn our attention to the poor beyond our border? Sometimes, its not just about us in America. And why must we choose between helping the poor in America and the poor elsewhere? Why don't we choose between helping the poor everywhere or helping the rich? Have you heard about welfare for the rich? For example, by 2010, all federal estate taxes will be eliminated. This benefits all person who dies with more than $1.5 to $3.5 million dollars. How many Americans will die with that much money? Let's not make the poor in America and the poor in the World fight over the same small slice of the pie. Let's stop the rich from taking the whole pie from the poor (and the rest of us). Besides, where in the Bible does it say that "charity starts at home"? Take what works and leave the rest... :-)
11/23/2005 02:34:37 PM
Not a big Tony Campolo fan, he seems to have written a good article here, certainly no one can disagree with him. But I am a hard and fast believer that charity starts at home. Here in the states we have many starving kids, not only for nutrition but also for education and attention. I think if we don't address our home front the rest of the world will in the end suffer not because of what we do, but because of what we don't do here.
11/23/2005 09:11:38 AM
Ah, Tony, my hero. Very well-written and well-said, as usual. I'm already thinking about where I'm going to give.
11/23/2005 08:51:27 AM
Part of counting our blessing is the acknowledgement that there are so many who have so much less to be thankful for. We should all do our part to help the less fortunate or run the risk of be too self absorbed and vain.
11/23/2005 12:30:53 AM
Bravo or anyone else that may be interested: If you want to donate and are concerned about which charities are trustworthy, go to the Better Business Bureau online (just enter it into any search engine) Once at the site, click on "charities" and the BBB provides you with a pretty detailed report on where your money goes with each charity that reports (it also tells you who declined to report, and who does not meet BBB standards)
11/22/2005 09:39:27 PM
I'm glad that the article writer knows that World Vision and the other organization are completely trustworthy because I worry about how trustworthy some of the charities are...
11/22/2005 09:15:10 PM
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2Cor. 9:7) There is so much more Paul describes there that perhaps we should, as Christians and non-Christians be grateful for what we do have and to share with others. In Christian Love.
11/22/2005 07:33:45 PM
The ancient Jews [invented Thanksgiving]. They called it the Passover. We read about it in Deuteronomy 14:22-27. In gratitude for God’s deliverance from their enemies and for provisions to meet their daily needs, the Jewish people were directed to come to their temple Umm, I hate to point this out, but Jews still celebrate Passover. :D So you don't have to just read about it -- it's actually happening! Good points, though, about focusing on the "giving" part of "Thanksgiving." We should definitely use gratitude to focus on giving more to people. "Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are needy, come and celebrate..." --(from traditional Passover Haggadah)
11/22/2005 07:12:54 PM
Interesting that, at the tender age of six, young Master Campolo was already hooked into recognizing the need to share in the acceptance of a notion of which he had no clear understanding - beyond the cue that, in order to be considered in good standing, he must agree.