Friday, February 11, 2011

Soap Box

Recently I have pretty much decided that organized religion is the pits. Yes, I will still go to church and raise my kids around "church" people, but I am going to quit putting up with the people who are so quick to profess and attend and then do nothing to help others. Jesus himself said the greatest command was, "love your neighbor as yourself". Your neighbor is anyone you encounter that has a need. Someone you know at church who is having problems financially, the lady at the grocery store with a cast on her arm, the guy at the intersection of Frankford and Spur 327 with one leg, holding a sign. These people are my neighbors and the neighbors of these people that I go to church with. HOWEVER, some people that attend church every time the doors are open have forgotten that Jesus calls us to love and help those who are in need. Honestly, it disgusts me to hear of people in the church who complain about church service and bible classes and fail to even attempt to help other even when an opportunity is consistently presented. Since when did helping others out become so unnecessary. I am not talking about money, yes, money is a great way to help, but there are many other opportunities to help, the most valuable asset anyone is given is their time. For example, a teacher that takes extra time to talk to a student who is upset, a nurse who hugs a family member worried about their loved one, a landscaper who talks to an upset client about his recent divorce, a stay at home mama who chats with the grocery clerk who is obviously having a rough day. Opportunities will be given to each of us, an elderly lady who takes a meal to a friend who has just gotten out of the hospital. Unless you never leave your home, and you never talk to anyone. I guarantee that you know someone that could use a call, a meal, a card, a visit, or some cash. And unless you are absolutely devoid of all social skills (which some people are), you can tell when something is wrong with someone, or they need help. I am not trying to make anyone feel bad about themselves, but if you are not using what God has given you, you are in serious trouble with God. In His words,

"I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.'

"Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.' Mt. 25

This passage outlines such simple ways of serving and helping others. Why not do them? In fact, to chose not to do these things is deliberating choosing to act in an ungodly way. In fact, to know the right thing to do and not do it, is far, far, far worse than many of the "sins" so preached against from the pulpit. How many times have you passed someone on the side of the road with a flat tire and said, "oh I can't stop and help them, I will be late to church." Somehow I can just see Jesus shaking his head in despair.

Okay, that is my soap box for today.