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True Christianity - Mommy2Kids - 04-12-2012 04:50 PM
SFL on FB just posted a picture of someone giving a Bible to a Haitian person.
I just finished posting on FB about a fundraiser for a special needs adoption from Bulgaria for a 14 year old girl who weighs 14 lbs. Yes, you read that right. FOURTEEN pounds.
Awhile back I mentioned to our new pastor the idea of a church food pantry for members who are in need, but too proud to ask for help. Our last (SBC) church had done something like this, and it was GREAT. He told me he would rather start a resource table with literature that would help Christians grow. I wanted to blow a gasket. I still do.
My father died when I was 16. There were 4 of us kids still at home; my youngest brother was 6. Our pastor preached against insurance of any kind because it showed a lack of faith in God's provision. When my dad finally died from a horrible disease, I only recall the men from the church delivering ONE pick up truck load of firewood to our house. They pulled into the yard, chucked the wood out into a heap and left. My 11 year old (lazy) sister and I stacked it.
My mom sent us all back to school the day after my dad died. I don't remember people at church even offering condolences. (Could be that I just don't remember.)
What I'm saying is that you CANNOT call yourself a true Christian if your heart doesn't break over what breaks HIS heart. Pure religion and undefiled before God has NOTHING to do with what you wear, what Bible you carry or if you went soul-winning every weekend your whole life. I want to kick people like that in the HEAD and call them a STUPID FREAKING IDIOT.
Ok. I've vented.
RE: True Christianity - Mommy2Kids - 04-12-2012 05:02 PM
This lady, Adeye, has helped families raise thousands to bring special needs children home.
She had been collecting donations for a special adoption. Yesterday she revealed that the items were to adopt her and her husband's fifth special needs child. Within 24 hours, people have donated over $29,000.
This is Faith. Adopting this child is pure religion.
RE: True Christianity - Mommy2Kids - 04-12-2012 05:14 PM
There are 240 orphans at this orphanage.
RE: True Christianity - oneflewoutofthecuckcoosnest - 04-12-2012 08:27 PM
I've said this before. Leave your fundy church. Find somewhere that shares your passion or at least will support it.
RE: True Christianity - Tiarali - 04-12-2012 08:34 PM
There are so many hurting people out there. There are many, many different practical ways we can help those who are truly in need.
I'm so thankful when I was a child my father was heavily involved with World Vision. Besides actually sponsoring, he was involved in educating others about poverty, especially in our church, and we got magazines that talked about the issues involved.
RE: True Christianity - D-Stan - 04-12-2012 09:05 PM
I understand. Most people are completely unaware that Jesus actually had something to say about helping others, and he also had something to say about those who don't help others.
RE: True Christianity - lucrezaborgia - 04-13-2012 02:31 AM
Their fifth?!? Is that wise?
edited to add:
I greatly admire what this family is doing and I really hope it does not end up biting them in the ass. Way too many international adoptions of older children end up being 'disrupted' and this family is gonna need a lot more than faith to be able to cope with a child who has such severe issues. A close friend of ours is involved in the international adoption community and you wouldn't believe the stories he tells us about what goes on once these kids are brought here.
RE: True Christianity - Mommy2Kids - 04-14-2012 10:28 PM
(04-13-2012 02:31 AM)lucrezaborgia Wrote: Their fifth?!? Is that wise?
If you ever have time to browse her blog, you should. She amazes me, and she has helped raise money for several families to bring home their downs babies. Such an inspiration to me.
RE: True Christianity - pastor's wife - 04-14-2012 11:28 PM
(04-12-2012 04:50 PM)Mommy2Kids Wrote: Awhile back I mentioned to our new pastor the idea of a church food pantry for members who are in need, but too proud to ask for help. Our last (SBC) church had done something like this, and it was GREAT. He told me he would rather start a resource table with literature that would help Christians grow.
This is the sort of attitude that I saw and heard around me growing up.
Matthew 25:31-46 really convicted my husband. We stopped thinking that it has to be an either/or proposition. We can tell the Gospel AND help people's physical needs.
Of course, for that, we're labeled and denigrated by our fundy acquaintances, which hurt at first, but I'm growing tougher!
And I am SOOOO sorry to hear of such a cold-hearted response to your family when you suffered loss and were in need.
It's so ironic that the fundies warned us a LOT about knowing about Jesus in your head but not knowing Him in your heart, when they themselves so often seem to have lots of head-knowledge but little actual ACTION that demonstrates love.