"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

06 February 2006

Christian Charities Continued

Blogger must be having some difficulties as I received notification of 3 comments on my last post by email, the main post states there are 2 comments, but when you go to the comments section there is only 1 comment (it is Carol, but still). Hmmm.

Anyway, Vicki left a comment about CRI which I appreciated. I did some searching myself and wasn't happy with what I found, so I'm taking CRI off my list of favorite charities.

One of my family members sent me an email about donating to local homeless shelters but was unsure of any Christian affiliation. That got me to thinking about my own philosophy on giving which may not be popular.

I tend to only give to Christian organizations, at least planned giving. Yes, I'll throw a dollar into the fireman's boot at the intersection but in general I like to only give to Christian charities. The reason being that I believe the only true gift I can give someone is the gift of the Gospel. Without salvation, not much else matters.

I'm not saying that giving to non-Christian charities is wrong, it's just that I want as much of my giving as possible to go to furthering the kingdom of God. If I feel a burden to give to the homeless, then I try to find a Christian organization that will not only provide for the physical needs of the homeless but also for the spiritual. I do want to give to the poor and needy (as the Bible mandates), but I want the recipients of that giving to know that the care they receive is coming from the Lord so that they too can have the hope that is in Christ.

So that's my philosophy on giving. Just thought I would share.

Proverbs 19:17
"He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done."

5 comments:

Betty Boop said...

I totally agree with your views on giving to Charities. Keep it up. God Bless.

eph2810 said...

Oh - it never registered my comment on your first part of Charities - hm...
Anyway, I left a comment that I really enjoy Apple of the Eye Ministry, which ministers to the Jewish population...Given them hope in Christ.

Carol said...

I figure it's all God's anyway. I do lean toward giving to Christian organizations. I like to believe they are more focused on His will and on good stewardship.

Corina Bowen said...

I agree~~ We donate to Nehemiah foundation .... it funds 26 different Ministries here in Springfield.. All different religions~~ all with one common ground... being servants for Christ.
We also love Jimmy Evans... his ministry is a big influence in our struggling marriages that we come across.. His book "Marriage on the Rock" is awesome!
OH, by the way~~ Hello-- I came across your blog and really enjoyed it!

Carrie said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies. Iris, your comment disappeared in Blogger world, not sure what happen. Welcome Betty and Corina, thanks for stopping by.

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