Should churches care about others less fortunate?

@1creekgirl (40853)
United States
September 19, 2023 11:11pm CST
Or only their church members? I won't name the church we've been going to for almost three years, but I believe God will hold us responsible for never spreading the kingdom of God. We don't feed the hungry, we don't visit the sick, abd we don't help others find shelter. How can we even call ourselves Christians or followers of Jesus. When we first started going there, we felt welcome. Then we discovered there were two sisters and their brother who controlled everything. If any suggestions were made, they never got acted on. We had no programs or visions for the church. It's so dysfunctional that the people who come to Sunday school never stay for church. I really pray God will lead Dale and I to the church He wants us at. We feel guilty wasting time that could be used to further God's message that He wants to draw all people to Himself through His Son Jesus. If you go to church, do you feel that you're following God's plan for yout life? You can, you know. Just read the words of Jesus for yourself.
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@xstitcher (30759)
• Petaluma, California
20 Sep
The church I go to is very small, and we don't have the money to do a lot of that stuff. God knows that.
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@AmbiePam (86585)
• United States
20 Sep
I bet they help when they can though. The way you have talked about them made me think they are the kind of people who band together to try to help whomever they can. Praying for people alone is a big deal.
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@AmbiePam (86585)
• United States
20 Sep
@1creekgirl I agree, I’m just thinking Stacey’s church must be doing all they can. Perhaps they even do things the congregation isn’t aware of. I know her church gives rides to church for people who can’t get there on their own.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
@AmbiePam Praying really is a big deal, but how can we call ourselves Christians if we don't help others?
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@RebeccasFarm (87107)
• United States
20 Sep
That church does not sound suitable..is there many other churches around for you to choose from Vicki?
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• United States
20 Sep
@1creekgirl Aw Vicki..you will have to start your own in your shed out back
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
@RebeccasFarm I'm not sure if I should laugh or consider it!
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
No, unfortunately. We visited some before I got sick, but haven't found one yet.
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@GardenGerty (158333)
• United States
20 Sep
The Church is to be about God's business. People make up the church. The Bible tells us to care for widows and orphans and the strangers in our gates. If a congregation is not doing this in some form it is not the body of Christ but a social club.I am sorry your church is dominated by the one family. Our church is dominated by one family, but in a positive way. It draws people in and cares for them and accepts and prays for them. We are supporting local causes and ministries, like a local ministry that helps single mothers, and we make gowns for hospice patients and bedrolls for the homeless. We have voted to create a scholarship fund for any student attending a Christian School. We support two different foreign missions families. Our congregation is small, on a good day we have thirty in attendance, but we are faithful stewards. I am sure I do not know all that we do. Mostly we are older members.
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@GardenGerty (158333)
• United States
21 Sep
@1creekgirl During covid Pastor Jeanne (yes, a woman) learned that her facebook messages were seen in many places around the world. We broadcast every week, and even though we have many older folks, they are proud of us doing what we do.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
I wish we lived closer to your church! You all really are fulfilling Jesus' commands...so many people are being blessed.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
@GardenGerty We had two female pastors in the Methodist Church we went to for many years. One performed my son's marriage, she was really super. I love that I've had myLoters from around the world praying for me when I was going through cancer treatments. You have a church to really be proud of.
@LadyDuck (463065)
• Switzerland
20 Sep
I am a catholic and the Church is supposed to care about ALL the less fortunate and no matter their religion. Does this always happen? I do not think so, but some Priests are a lot better than others.
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@LadyDuck (463065)
• Switzerland
21 Sep
@1creekgirl Most of the time I noticed that common people are more helpful than those who are supposed to help the others.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
You're right Anna. All denominations should care for others.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
@LadyDuck It really is an individual choice to help others.
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@NJChicaa (116676)
• United States
20 Sep
That sounds way less than ideal.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
Yeah, they're good people and a few care, but they don't do anything for others. I guess I have an excuse this past year for not doing all I should and wanted to do. But it's certainly made me even more aware of how important it is to care for others.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
@NJChicaa Chicaa, that's because religion has been cruel at times through the centuries. True believers in Christ are not like that. None of us are perfect, but we try. Like I've said before, faith in Jesus is a relationship, not a religion.
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@NJChicaa (116676)
• United States
20 Sep
@1creekgirl I have found it disturbing how judgemental and even downright mean some people who claim to be all religious can be.
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@MarieCoyle (30765)
20 Sep
I am completely done with organized religion. They bring politics to the pulpit, and I do not like that. I do have my own firm beliefs, and the best church I know of is outside with nature, or somewhere quiet for a time. I will not attend a church who has a preferred candidate and lets people know who they should support.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
I don't like that either and this church has Dems and Republicans, but stays away from politics. I just think the tithes alone are being wasted. Are they just building up their bank account? As Christians, we're going to be held accountable for how we use our rime, money, and talent.
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@MarieCoyle (30765)
21 Sep
@1creekgirl I'm just done. Yes, I miss the people I used to meet at a church, and some of the activities. But not enough to support them in any way, due to how greedy and political they have become. A big no. A lot of people I know feel the same way, and no longer attend. I cannot support an organization like that. Not ever.
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@snowy22315 (172588)
• United States
20 Sep
It sounds like that church never goes out of their comfort zone.
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@snowy22315 (172588)
• United States
20 Sep
@1creekgirl Sure, they could always donate to Food Banks..visit the sick etc.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
They don't. They're not bad people, but even a congregation of about 20 people should be helping others.
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@mommaj (23112)
• United States
20 Sep
It shouldn't be about churches but about the people. You need to look within yourself and ask if that is what you want to be associated with. You can help people without belonging to a church. You can spread God's word. Whatever group of people you are now hanging around on Sunday with don't seem to be Christians. You can still spread religion without a building. Even as one person you can pick someone to help when you are able. Example: If they need food buy them some groceries, cook a meal for someone lonely, paint if they can't afford to paint their house, help them fix their house, buy them clothes, if they have kids buy basics, if your able to buy them a big need then do so. Every year I try to help at least one family. I don't go to church but I'm spreading good. I'm Christian but I don't have the right to judge others and flick my nose at them. Quite honestly i've been helped before. Trust me when I say it means more when it comes from an individual and not a group. I use to sell Avon and I would put a flyer in the book about donations and asking who to help. I would choose one person and give details for donations. It was amazing! Maybe you're put in the church to be an example or to leave with cause. You don't need a church and you should help others regardless of religion or their religion.
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@mommaj (23112)
• United States
21 Sep
@1creekgirl I wish you the best of luck trying to find a church that still does that without prejudice. I know Catholic churches offer "groups" to help as well as Methodists. Presbyterians have the group's but I've seen those churches involve church politics. I hope you're doing well.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
I totally agree. We do try to personally help others and spread God's Word, but we need a church where we can serve God together. We haven't been able to do as much this past year while I was having cancer treatments, but the friends who did cook for us meant the world to us. I agree we can obey God without a church, but we miss that.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
@mommaj Thank you for your comment.
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@allknowing (130978)
• India
20 Sep
I can call myself spiritual. I do not go to church Churches must think of the poor
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@allknowing (130978)
• India
21 Sep
@1creekgirl Not what it used to be in the good old days Everything has become commercial now.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
Knowing Jesus as your Savior is more important that going to church, although I think that's important also.
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@Shavkat (137310)
• Philippines
20 Sep
I think it is fine for them to do this. However, there are times that these people are being abusive to their kindness. If I were them, I prefer to teach and undergo training about livelihood programs. In this way, they can acquire soft skills and be able to earn a living for having them.
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@Shavkat (137310)
• Philippines
25 Sep
@1creekgirl Thank you
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
Good advice, Shavkat.
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@writerjo (2544)
• Chennai, India
21 Sep
@1creekgirl1 The same type of questions arose in my mind several times. I am a Born again Christian from Hindu Religion. I was much excited to go Church & hearing the gospel of God. "Just read the words of Jesus for yourself" is the apt line for every Human in this Earth. Just add one more line " ....& try to follow those words ! ! "
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@writerjo (2544)
• Chennai, India
21 Sep
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
So glad to read your comment. I know you're happy to be a follower of Jesus...God is so faithful and merciful!
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@RasmaSandra (75037)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Sep
I was raised a Lutheran but the only churches where I live are Gree Orthodox, I say a morning prayer and the Lord's Prayer at night. I also read Bible passages and I know the Lord is with me each day,
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
God knows your heart and that you love Him.
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@LindaOHio (161550)
• United States
20 Sep
I'm sorry your church is such a disappointment. Keep searching. I'm sure you'll find where you're meant to be. Have a blessed day.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
Thanks, Linda. Are you having any relief from your knee pain? You're in my prayers.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
@LindaOHio Let us know when you get the date. Much love.
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@LindaOHio (161550)
• United States
21 Sep
@1creekgirl You're welcome. No. I'm using a walker now. It helps more than the cane. I made an appointment with the surgeon. Thank you for your prayers.
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@Kouponkaren (5505)
• United States
21 Sep
Yes, I do believe the church ought to take care of those less fortunate. I would advise you to pray about it and ask God to send you to the church He wants you at. And if you can't go to church in person some Sundays, try watching church services online in your area. You can get a feel for t he church/Pastor before even venturing out to the church. Every time in my life I have looked for a new church, I prayed about it and God showed me/us where He wanted us to be.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
Seems like we've been praying about that forever. We do watch some sermons on live stream. We really like Scott Grim at Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC. Sure wish that church wasn't three hours away.
@LeaPea2417 (36770)
• Toccoa, Georgia
20 Sep
Churches definitely should help the unfortunate.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
I agree. Thanks for your comment.
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@Tampa_girl7 (49440)
• United States
21 Sep
I pray that you find a better church .
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@sallypup (58731)
• Centralia, Washington
20 Sep
My church is outside in the garden or on a wood's trail. My hubby's church is an affirming one- a few months ago he found a small congregation that "affirms"- if you're gay or otherwise polkadotted, go on in and feel the love. The pastor lady is an amazing human being. She loves the world even as she dyes her hair purple when she's in the mood.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
I agree nature can be a wonderful place to worship God. That's good your husband has a kind congregation to be with.
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@TheHorse (209198)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Sep
I hope you find a church that suits you.
@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
Thanks, we'll keep searching.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
21 Sep
@TheHorse You are so right. He said that helping the poor is the same as helping Him.
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@TheHorse (209198)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Sep
@1creekgirl Helping the poor is one of Jesus's most basic teachings.
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@db20747 (43441)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
20 Sep
Each church is called to do God's work. I would definitely continue to raise this concern. You don't have to wait on them. You can do these things yourself. Prepare bag lunches and visit these people. And donate clothing and money to organizations. And Continue to search for the right church for you.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
We do some things personally, but have been hindered this past year with me having cancer treatments. We're looking for another church, but it's seldom for a while now that I've been able to go.
@thelme55 (76659)
• Germany
20 Sep
Maybe you can find another church where you want to stay.
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@1creekgirl (40853)
• United States
20 Sep
We're trying to find one.
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