There’s a lot of talk about how we need to provide for various people throughout the world. Whether it is the starving kids in Africa, Syrian refugees or illegal immigrants coming across our southern border we seem to be expected to provide for them.
You know what? “They” are right. As Christians, we should give to the poor and provide for the needy. It is part of our faith to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. However, as the old saying goes, charity begins at home.
…if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
-1 Timothy 5:8
We have veterans who are, literally, dying for lack of medical care. We have homeless people within our midst who are desperately in need of care. The number of folks in this country who are below the poverty line continues to grow, both as a percentage of the population as well as in total numbers. We, as a nation, need to get our own house in order before we look outside our own borders or look to bring in more folks who will need support and assistance.
Just thinking out loud…