Speak Up – God Expects you to.

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Friends we are living in an age when “self” powers everything we do.  I know that there is a thrust to get rid of socialism. I won’t refer to the scriptures in the Bible that tells us how to treat others and take care of each other (See the Devotionals On the Book of Proverbs.)

The one area that is most troubling to me is our use of words towards the needy. We have become a “me” generation and anyone who supports the “what can I get out of this” mentality will get our votes, our accolades, our undying allegiance. What about the poor and needy? What are we going to do for them? Scripture does not advocate socialism, but it does remind us that we should be generous with what we have. 

“He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none …” (Luke 3:11). And 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his”

Generosity and socialism are not the same things. These are two very different concepts. So when someone starts to quote scripture and tell you that God wants you to give everything you have to Him to feed some poor people in Africa or to help a church get to the people in Africa – beware. Know that … The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12). Know that God will deal with them. Always consider the poor and the needy.

Social media has become the platform for every “charity” imaginable. I will always support local concerns who are feeding the hungry where I live, in a surrounding community, or a city that I know. The poor will always be with us, but we should not marginalize them.

Lastly, judge a leader by what comes out of their mouths! Yes, we can decide. This is what scripture says about persons in leadership and in general – who proclaim that they are a child of God – Proverbs 12. If their words are contrary to the dictates of scripture and their haughtiness is against the poor, then judge them according to scripture. If we could just live by the Proverbs, choose our words wisely and speak truth and life into the lives of others we would be able to remove the rose-colored glasses from our eyes and see ourselves for who and what we are. Sometimes the picture is not pretty, but it is necessary! 

Thank you for your mirror of unconditional love Lord, give us the grace to extend that to others too. Give us a heart, a voice, and a willingness to be you to the poor and needy.


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