Sunday, February 22, 2009
Unless this is your first time at Motivation:Truth, you know that I am a social and fiscal conservative who does not subscribe to the idea that government is the answer. I do not support huge stimulus packages and bailouts that put America deeper in debt, I do not believe in spreading the wealth, and I do not believe that raising taxes is an exercise in wisdom. On the contrary, I believe that lowering taxes, supporting small businesses, and allowing people to keep more of what they earn will help grow our economy.
"If government is not the answer, Adrienne," you might ask, "what is? People are hurting, businesses are failing, jobs have been lost. If it's not government's job to step in, whose job is it?" YOURS and MINE!
During the election campaign, Joe the Plumber took intense heat for asking Barack Obama a question that brought our president's socialist spread-the-wealth plan to the public's attention. When called on it, Obama attacked McCain as being selfish for not buying into that plan. He made comments like, "The next thing you know they'll find proof that when I was in school, I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my classmates!" He joked about it and tried to cast McCain and Palin in a bad light because they don't believe that people should be punished for success or have what they've earned snatched away from them. Obama's joke was cute and made uninformed people laugh, but Bill O'Reilly put it in proper perspective when he said, "No, Obama. If you chose to share your lunch, that's one thing, but if the teacher took your lunch and gave it to your classmates, that would be wrong." And this is the point. Government should never have the right to take from some to give to others. But this doesn't mean that there is no moral obligation to give.
It's the job and the joy of the CHURCH to show compassion to those in need. Make no mistake; there are people who are hurting right now. There is a spirit of despair that is running rampant as people contemplate what they will do to take care of their families and themselves. Some have even chosen to bail, committing suicide rather than staying in the fight. The truth is that God wants to be our provision. He wants to be our source. He wants us to know that Heaven is not bankrupt and does not need a bailout. Now, God could rain manna down from Heaven; He's done it before. But most likely God has another plan of provision.
The church is a place of compassion, support, and blessing. In the book of Acts, when the New Testament church was born, the people made a decision to share. Acts 4:32 says, "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common." God expects us to work hard, to sweat, and to be productive. When we fall upon hard times, He has a church that has all things common with one another, that shares, that loves, that gives--with no strings attached. The church is God's plan, not the government. The kind of giving that goes on in the church is a giving that leaves no deficit for our children to climb out of, it leaves no one in debt, it leaves everyone richer than they were before. The Lord never intended for the government to be the church, but He does intend for us to be a part of the church. God's plan is perfect and infallible.
The psalmist in Psalm 37:25 says, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." The Scriptures let us know that God is more than enough. Throughout Scripture we find that God takes care of those who are His. Even in famine, He knows how to feed His own. Are you His? If so, then look to Him and look to His plan to be all that you need. If not, what are you waiting for? Get in the river of God.
Without a doubt, the Lord cares about the poor and needy. There are seas of Scriptures to confirm that:
Proverbs 19:17: "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done."
Proverbs 14:21:"...he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."
Proverbs 14:31: He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
God's love for those in need is unquestionable, and He doesn't want the government to ride in on its dingy white horse with a flawed system that endangers His people. He expects His people, out of true righteousness, obedience, and love to step in--not because they're being made to, but simply because they want to. Choosing to give is the ultimate answer to the famous question What Would Jesus Do? Now, what will you do? The world is waiting on your answer.