Elections, Taxes, and Personal Responsibility

Elections, Taxes, and Personal Responsibility

Earlier today I heard Dennis Prager make the point that many people vote for the government to help the poor and others in need because they want those folks to get help and they also want to feel good about themselves. When they vote this way, they feel good about themselves because they’ve demonstrated a concern for people in need. The irony he pointed out is that when they do this, they are really voting that someone else (i.e. the government) take care of those in need. When you think about it, it’s the lazy way out. They are voting that someone else do the job and, at the same time, taking credit for the job being done.

Many church goers operate in a similar way. They drop their donation in the plate and go away feeling good about themselves all the while expecting someone else to take their offering and put it to good use. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not down on offerings. Churches have real needs and often do work that is essential in the world. The issue I have is that, for many, once they’ve made their offering, they think their work is done. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The apostle John put it like this. “Whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

If God is to love the world through us, then we will have to offer Him all that we are, our money and our selves. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

As Christians, we should commit to personally seizing each opportunity God puts in our path to be agents of His endless love.

From me to you

 

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