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The problem with christian greed

July 26, 2016

 

I have lived in Cape Town all my life, but have had the privilege of meeting people from all over the world. I have a big problem with Christians having a lot of money, but not caring enough to feed the poor man on the street or give him some clothes to wear. I have met Filipinos and Indonesians who stay up to 2 years from home ( some a bit more) because they feel it is worth the time apart from their families so they can send their families 200 us dollars for the month, for them to buy the basics that we take so much for granted.

My feelings are that many Christians, become Christians, for the worldly benefits they are promised by some preachers. Statements like ‘’give to this ministry”, they say, and the Lord will bless you with a jet, but his asking for 1000 dollar seed. Is Christ not enough? Isn’t to die to the world, gain? (Philippians 1:21). Did Jesus request to ride in a chariot or did he walk and occasionally ride on a donkey? Was Jesus, in all his glory and majesty, rich in his worldly possessions? Did he strive to make as much money as he could before his crucifixion? Quite the opposite. The Jesus I read about, in all his glory and majesty, taught us to serve. In fact he says ‘’ the greatest among you should be the lowest” (Luke 22:26) he says ‘’what good is it if a man gain the whole world, but forfeit his soul” Mathew 16:26.

Contrary to what other preachers tell you; your faith is not measured by your earthly possessions and how much money you obtain, as the man who dies with a mansion still gets buried in a box. John the Baptist ate wild honey and locust, a wild man, in my opinion, this is what Jesus had to say about him ‘’Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist” Luke 7:28.

“’For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Mathew 25:35

My friends, come to Jesus, because his the only one who can get you to the father, and when the lord blesses you financially, make sure to bless others as well. Jesus explains ‘’give to those who ask you, without expecting it back’’ Luke 6:35

There are too many people dying from malnutrition, too many people without a roof over their head and clothes on their back.

I don’t believe you can be Christian and not feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to help those in need if you have the means to.

Now many people do not have the means to lend someone money without expecting it back, which is understandable. I know an old lady, who is very dear to my heart, she is 83 years old, she hasn’t got a lot of money, yet to everyone who knocks at her door, she will make a slice of bread and a cup of tea.She doesn’t turn anyone away, this is her way of caring and loving people, all people. Some of you have clothes and/or shoes or blankets. Do what you can to help those in need, there are too many people without food and clothes, whilst we drive on, listening to our gospel music.

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