Regardless, what they gave and how much they actually gave was all by individual choice. Nowhere is it mandated that a Christian must give all they have to the community chest. Another interesting reference is: Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. The word used for weak here is astheneo which means feeble, diseased, impotent or sick. It is not socialism to care for these types of people, it is common decency. Notice, we are ALL to labor for those who cannot labor due to some circumstance beyond their control. Not those who won't labor. Taking care of those who are capable of taking care of themselves is clearly against all scripture.
Two of the most obvious scripture references I see that refutes the socialism view are: 1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. Most every time I hear the "Jesus was socialist" argument it usually stems from Acts 4:32. Of course if you read this carefully and in context you can easily see that this was not a directive from Jesus, nor was it even a mandate from the church leaders. It just explains how these people happened to do things at this time. Chapter 5 then tells of some of the problems that stemmed from this socialistic approach.
Connie cannot be released until tomorrow. The surgery went fine and she was out of recovery at 4 PM, but she is not improved enough for a release tonight. It will be nice to have her home again. Thanks for all the prayers. God is good!
...and not just because she's married to me. Found out early this AM that she has an inflamed Gall Bladder that must be removed. Surgery will be some time tomorrow (9/8/15) morning. We are hoping to have her home by tomorrow evening. Please pray as you feel led. This house is (I'M) dysfunctional without her. Thanks!282
I was all of 1 year old when you got married and I've had a hard enough time living with myself for that long. Isn't it amazing how God can place us with just the right person that will overlook all our shortcomings and key in on that little bit that is pleasing in their eye (I'm speaking of my wife looking at me). Little is much when God is in it. Congratulations! It sure is a sweet blessing from God to be in a godly marriage. Enjoy each moment!
I believe Bill Watterson best illustrated the reason for the rapid decline of America in his cartoon Calvin and Hobbes, with Calvin speaking as the average American today. "Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. Some people just act on any whim that enters into their heads. I [today's average American] pragmatically turn my whims into principles."
I'm glad you posted this. We haven't had outside t.v. reception for years (cable, satellite, or aerial). Our total experience is either Netflix, DVDs from the local library, or an occasional Redbox movie. After a little over a year of Netflix the material worthy of viewing is getting pretty scant. I started looking into Pure Flix last night and it looks like it has potential. My wife will look into it today and we will discuss. I really dislike spending money on something I use as little as the T.V., but there are some days, especially after a long hard day, that I only feel like vegging in front of the screen. Isn't it a shame that we have to work so hard to find a service that offers only morally clean content? You would think that every parent would want to have nothing less for their children (not to mention for themselves). We certainly have witnessed a steep decline in values over the past 50 years.
Filled up yesterday (Western New York), regular unleaded @ $2.73. My wife used to work for a fuel oil, gasoline distribution company some years ago. You want to see the main reason for the disparity in gas prices look at the taxes each state charges. NY fuel taxes are very high (as are all our taxes). When traveling across the PA border you see an immediate drop of $.20 per gallon. That is not cost of delivery driving up the prices there.
Back in the 90's after 14 years active duty Navy I considered cross-rating to Religious Program Specialist (RP) and serving my remaining 6 (or more) years in the reserves. That idea quickly dissolved when I learned that the chaplain corps is not about true faith at all. Regardless your personally held faith, as a chaplain or RP you are required to cater to those of all faiths as if you were of their faith. This includes performing religious services, counseling, etc. Could you imagine being a chaplain or RP in the Navy, (as a true and faithful Christian) and having to council someone from the Qu'ran or the Sutras? Neither could I and so I remained out. The retirement idea came at too great a cost.