True Christian Values
--- In contact_um@yahoogroups.com, "therapuppy" wrote:
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> Why don't churches step in with those 'true Christian values" of helping? Why should the government do what a community of caring people of any faith can do for each other?
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> How about if Christians act out those 'true Christian values"? There is work to be done why push it off on the government - if our own faiths tell us to be charitable? If you can't walk the walk don't talk the talk - so I heard it said.
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Actually, many churches do just that. Often, when there is a natural disaster, you will find churches loading up buses and trucks with supplies and volunteers while the government is still "assessing the situation". And churches are by far the most efficient means of getting help to those who need it. If a family needs $100 worth of groceries, it costs the church $7.00 to get it to them (salaries,
utilities, etc.). If a United Way agency gives them the groceries, the administrative cost is about $20.00. Most of that is fund-raising expense. The last figure I saw for the government to give that family $100.00 worth of groceries was $347.00 in administrative expense.

The problem is that most of this country's wealth is now concentrated in the hands of a very small minority. You know, the "job creators". And they are more interested in buying politicians than helping the needy. That is, the ones who are still here. More and more of them are following their money to foreign lands. Maybe they are afraid of a repeat of what has historically happened when
the populace has no access to money or opportunities for advancement. Look at what happened in France in 1789, Russia in 1917 or what is happening in the Middle East today.

If I was a multi-millionaire, I'd be scared too. The needy? Let them eat cake.

Best always
Brother Ron