I posted a long time ago on this and I was thinking of it again while watching the show tonight. I came in late, so I didn’t get the full context. It seemed as though there was a single father, a Christian, taking care of his sons on his own. As usual, his house was a dump, but ABC came in and gave him something awesome. Here is my problem: why are Christians doing this dozens of times a day all over the place?
I am not so naive to think that ABC or Sears or the contractors here are not making a lot of money in their efforts, nor do I doubt that it cost them quite a bit, either. But the Christian church in America is extraordinarily wealthy. If you put corporations like ABC or Sears up against the Roman Catholic church alone I bet they wouldn’t stand higher than the RCC’s big toes. Now add the Protestants back into the mix.
Why there is a single poor Christian out there astounds me. I know a fair number of church workers and though they aren’t poor, especially compared to people in other countries, they’re straining just to get by. This is nonsense. You take care of your family. You certainly don’t limit yourself to the ‘family’ but that is an obvious place to start, and it is commanded in Galatians 6:9-10.
I think there is something to be said for the less flashy efforts like Habitat for Humanity which manage to plug away without making money… Extreme Makeover has done 100 or so houses, and Habitat for Humanity some 225,000 according to their site. But I bet they could build even more if they were better funded.
I guess what I’m getting at is that we’re (I am speaking to Christians) putting much of our money in areas that have little eternal benefit. You drop a million dollars on a new worship center… that worship center ain’t going to follow us when we die. But if we can use our resources to help people, the people we help and the people watching us help will be moved and affected. How many people can you help with a million dollars?
A passage to ponder: “The master commended the dishonest manager becahse he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:8-9
Our money and our buildings do not follow us into eternity, but the people we minister to can.