When we Christians shun our responsibilities….

Jesus clearly told us to be our brother’s keeper but somewhere along the way we Christians unapologetically shunned that responsibility. During the first three centuries, Christians were very much their brother’s keeper. They often pooled their resources so that those neediest were taken care of. They not only cared for their own there is even documented evidence showing that they took care of those not even Christians.  But, of course, this is what Jesus did so they were just following his lead.

The vast majority of Christian congregations today spend about 95% of what they gather on themselves or their organization’s hierarchy leaving little for the kingdom of God work particularly in the brother’s keeper area.  When that happened the moral goodness, which I believe to be also a gift from God to all humanity, dictated that the kingdoms of the world take over that task. Some do a much better job of it than others. The government of Sudan seems to totally reject the “brother’s keeper” mentality.  Many thousands die daily of starvation and political genocide. Whereas, thank the Lord, the government of the United States has generally taken up this task in our absence, at least to a partial degree. Or at least one of our political parties carries that mantle.

Now I’m not saying that Christians do nothing in this area. Indeed some of the best humanitarian agencies in this area are Christian based. But, their total contributions is almost minuscule compared to the need. Having religious institutions take over all the care for the poor is beyond the realm of possibilities so I guess we must depend on our governments to do that for us. It is said that government instituted by God so I suppose you could say it is now their duty. To even suggest as some do that since we Christians won’t do it our governments should stay out of it also is a total affront to the teachings of Jesus. It is indeed a sad day that many Evangelical Christians seem to be saying that very thing today. Shame on us for shunning this compassionate responsibility!

2 thoughts on “When we Christians shun our responsibilities….

  • I would love to know where you got your stat on “The vast majority of Christian congregations today spend about 95% of what they gather on themselves or their organization’s hierarchy leaving little for the kingdom of God work particularly in the brother’s keeper area.” Most of the churches in our area do a great deal in the community.

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    • Hi Jan and welcome to RJsCorner. I have to admit here that this post was pulled over from my blog at RedLetterLiving.net and is a few years old. Here is a source for data from the Catholic church.

      http://www.economist.com/node/21560536

      It shows that they give about 2.6% of their income to charities which is a total of $4.7 billion. Federal government programs in these areas exceed $400 billion. If you include State spending it goes up to about $600 billion. So you can see that churching spending on the poor is a very minuscule part of the total. Our government must take care of the mammoth part of the costs.

      Although the data is hard to come by it is recognized that Catholics give considerably more than most religious organizations. I remember a source saying the Protestant churches with 200 or less members take over 99% of their giving just to pay the bills and that the majority of churches in that organization are in that boat. Some mega-churches give much more and some much less. The data is usually a closely guarded secret it seems.

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