Christianity Tested In Hard Times....

@Jellen (1852)
United States
February 19, 2009 6:59pm CST
Are you prepared to take folks into your home or share meals with others in hard times? Are you willing to squeeze another person or family into your home, a family who may not ever be able to pay you back? We are facing some hard times now and most likely, harder times ahead. As Christians, are we ready to give that "glass of water" to someone who might ask, are we ready to help the poor, the fatherless, the widow? Certainly, our Christianity will be tested in the days and months ahead. I wonder how we will do?
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@ellen_mom (174)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Having been the recipient of the helping hand, I would gladly reciprocate. We stayed with some friends for about 3 month or we would have been homeless. We have been doing some food storage and would gladly allow someone to stay with us and share our food and good fortune.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
20 Feb 09
God Bless You and Yours! That's what we are called to do...to remember how we have received grace and convey it to others.
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
you're absolutely right! i just don't know if i can but i just pray that God will help me and be wise enough and not to give in to people who will use this situation to fool people even if they still have the ability to feed themselves.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
20 Feb 09
This would require discernment, for sure. In today's society, we can't be too cautious. But the wonderful thing about walking in the Spirit, is if we are listening to Lord, He will make His will clear to us. We must not feel obligated to take in every desperate case, we must be able to say no if it's not a good move, but we must be available to provide shelter if called upon. At least that's how I see it. What about you?
@Xelloss (16)
• China
20 Feb 09
I would like to help the helpless.But living in my home?NO.They cant affect my life.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
20 Feb 09
What if a friend lost his or her home and had no place to go? what if your co-worker needed lodging? Sometimes the homeless are people we know.
• China
20 Feb 09
If less than a month,I think it is ok.More than this it will damage our friendship,living with others is not easy,trust me.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I know what you mean. I'm hoping it won't be necessary, but I'm also hoping I would be willing should it become necessary. A lot depends on the way the receiver responds to the gift. Charity is not an entitlement. If I need charity, I'd best be grateful and do all I can to contribute in other ways.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 May 09
I think the hard times is not people losing their jobs or their money it is what will be going on pretty soon when the hate crime bill is passed. Christians will be falsely accused of discrimination, accused of hatred, bigotry, and when the hate crime is passed, it may be illegal to defend or help a Christian if someone accuses him of a hate crime. There is a super privileged group that can do no wrong, that are better then everyone else, who have the right to cause those against them to loose their money and possessions and perhaps their lives. So would you be willing to defend the defenseless or be willing to stand with them? Most of us Christians already donate money through our offerings, or we give away clothes and furniture to those in need, but will we be able to protect them?
@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
4 May 09
Hopefully, the American people--and some Republicans and Democrats who have any smidgen of sense at all--will bombard their Senators and Representatives with objections to this hate crime bill, and it will not be passed. Even if it is passed, in the long run, we Christians will triumph. This battle's already been won, even if people don't choose to see it that way. :)
• United States
22 Feb 09
It's easy to say the words, but actually doing the deed gets much harder. I'd like to say I'd help, but sometimes I wonder.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I hear ya. It's certainly a testing time.
• United States
20 Feb 09
This is a timely question, Jellen. It is good that you are encouraging folks to be aware of the likely need ahead of us. We will no doubt do better if we are prepared to address the problem.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I am learning that if it is within our hand to give, giving is expected of us....