The cool thing about giving to the poor is that Jesus said not to advertise it, so when people say “Christians don’t give enough to the poor”, I wonder how they know that.
Some might say the boss’s “generosity” in allowing an employee to come in late and drunk and be unreliable is not loving or generous at all. That doesn’t excuse employees gossiping about him. We wouldn’t (I hope) inflict that kind of generosity on our children.
Poor does not equal stupid. If there are poor people who don’t have bad habits that cost them money or make poor financial decisions, then Ramsey’s advice doesn’t apply to them. No need for them to feel offended. If some health expert says that we’d all be healthier if we stopped smoking and drinking, I’m […]
Josh: I agree with your first sentence 100% Regarding the abuse story however, there seems to be some doubt as to its authenticity. Randy: Depends on the church. Some have robust ministries to the poor, others don’t. I’m not an advocate of the mandatory tithe, but I think for most churches, the regular tithe/offering is […]
It is not unusual for me to get lost in philosophical discussions. I’m not against philosophy, but I’m only interested in philosophy that can be translated into action. So Kent, what is it you want us to do? What are Christians doing or not doing that you object to? Do you want us to give […]
Kent: No, I think the real question is whether they must stay poor. In America, poor doesn’t have to be a permanent state. Who are the “privileged” and what exactly do you want the privileged to do? I grew up in a trailer in a lower middle class family, but I’m also white. Where do […]
The difference is whether you think Ramsey is talking to poor people or talking to rich people about poor people.
Chris: No doubt everyone is not dealt the same hand, and there is certainly often inertia to overcome. But what I think Dave is saying is that no one who is poor should be thinking that it’s someone else’s fault and that they can’t do anything about it. By the way, the article you linked […]
I have to say I didn’t see much I disagreed with in the Ramsey article. All the exceptions and contingencies can’t be placed in a single article but the general theory of hard work and good choices paying off is pretty sound. I think fundamentally what he is saying is that unlike many other countries, […]
Richard: Are you still reading? Good news about the Sox eh? I’m becoming blaise about it now. I’d like to get your wife’s tourtierre recipe. You gave me a link several years ago but I don’t think it was your wife’s recipe. We just put a pig in the freezer and will soon have a […]