Something has been nagging at me today and I have decided to vent it now. It deals with charity. It is that time of the season to open our hearts (which should be open throughout the year) and give what we can to those in need. Many of us can no longer give as we wish because of economic circumstances and an economy bent on ruining the country for all. I just want you to give some thought to who and where you may want to contribute because there are those in need and those who game.
I pay attention to what happens around me. I very close attention to people: their mannerisms, their moods, their words, and how they present themselves in their lives as viewed by others. I have family members needing assistance where they can’t get it from anywhere else or just feel ashamed doing so. My son-in-law just came up with a condition where he can barely walk without getting winded. The VA won’t give him disability because that has to be decided by the family doctor. The family doctor won’t say he is disabled because that is the job of the VA. His work won’t fire him for not showing up because the employer doesn’t want to pay workman’s comp. it also doesn’t allow him to get unemployment. In the meantime, his wife applies for 10 jobs or more a week and can’t even get work at the local Wal-Mart or McDonalds. No income anywhere and they and their kids need to eat and have a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, illegals can just go to the hospital like it is a private physician’s office and get the medical they need. VA patients die waiting for appointments but illegals get whatever they want.
I know quite a few illegals through work. They laugh about having 2 jobs, leaving communally and sending money back home. Many are paid under the table. They talk about getting drunk and chasing women while they stand their smoking cigarettes. When asked how they can survive they just say that charities give them what they want ( not what they need). They go to churches and outreach centers and get food from those food stores. Clothing the same way. Kids go to school free and are assisted with lunches. In the meantime, American families are starving and needing but their is limited supplies of charities where they can receive. Usually there are always long lines and most of the people that are already there, waiting, are immigrants (yes, too many of whom are illegal).
I have witnessed on numerous occasions, while shopping at my neighborhood grocery store, immigrants, who have no command of the English language, buying food with food stamps (or a special credit type card now). The items that don’t fit on the list like spirits, cigarettes, and other items, well, they just pull out a wad of cash and pay outright. These people are not dressed shabbily and are wearing jewelry, much of which is not costume. How are they allowed to do this? Let me ask this question instead. If you come here illegally, why has the government let you in, without means of support, and house you in hotel rooms? Where does the food come from? Where do the clothes come from? When they place you somewhere, how do they survive from that point on? And now we are talking about bringing in refugees from another culture and world. Same questions: how will they survive on their own?
Whose fault is this mess? It goes anywhere from the lazy people who put themselves into the predicament to our government. You see, the government IS charity (usually called entitlements but also needless, wasteful and illegal spending). You and I pay for this. Those Americans, who should have priority over all others, who are truly desperately in need, can’t be helped sometimes because of limited resources and competition with those who don’t deserve nor shouldn’t get assistance. It is more than a shame it is a disgrace. Much assistance comes from churches and other organizations that receive contributions. I used to be one of those contributors but now I am offended by them because of how they exacerbate the problem.
Let me tell you a little secret. We are all God’s children. Christians are directed to help the poor and those in need. Christians aren’t rich. There are too many people in the world that have “needs”. Our government already allows the flow of money to go to these other nations with “needs”. When you give charity, it may make you feel good but it won’t get you any closer to Heaven. You just can’t buy your way in and that is a fact. So now those that have some means and wish to contribute must pick and choose because of limited funds. That would be me. I choose family first, and if I have any left over “disposable” funds, I am going to make sure it goes to Americans and those who really have a need. I will not give to the churches anymore and if I have to sponsor a family directly (where I can see who they are and what their needs are) then that is exactly what I will do. Too many people in Appalachia that could use my help. I was born and raised in the South and I have seen poor and lived it myself. You still have gamers here too but you also have good people that are proud and wish to do for themselves. Sometimes they just can’t and need some help. Not cellphones or IPads or jewelry but food, shoes, coats and fix the leaks in the roof over their heads, if they have a roof over their head.
I am not here to tell you what to do or how to do it. You do charity as is directed from your heart. If you are liberal, you don’t have a heart so you expect the government to do your charity for you. We already understand that. I am just saying that it is time to think about who really is in need and direct your gifts accordingly. You won’t go to Heaven for it but you might feel better. Most important, those who receive will have their prayers answered and that is the greatest gift of all