Christian Charity at Christmas Time


I’ve been wrong from the beginnin’.
I’ve been wrong from the beginnin’.
If you’ve been losin’ while I’ve been winnin’,
then I’ve been wrong from the beginnin’.

I sit by the river; I got my feet in the water.
I feel about a dollar like I feel about a daughter.
If I’ve been laughin’ while you’ve been cryin’,
then I’ve been wrong from the beginnin’.

I got a house on the border, I got shoes made o’ leather.
I got a robe made o’ velvet, I got a bed made o’ feather.
If you’ve been freezin’ while I’ve been sleepin’,
then I’ve been wrong and for that I’m weepin’.
If you’ve been freezin’ while I’ve been sleepin’,
then I’ve been wrong and for that I’m changin’.

I’ve Been Wrong by the The Elms

Charles Dickens’, in A Christmas Carol, made an astute observation when he said that at this time of the year (ie. Christmas) generosity is most keenly exhibited and want is most keenly felt (I’m paraphrasing). It is my belief that so many government programs and welfare have arisen on account of the church withholding its aid to outcasts and the down-and-out. I am not talking about foolishly throwing away funds on those who do want hand-outs instead of help. I am talking about those unfortunates at whom life has thrown a curve ball from which they can not seem to recover. I am talking about the ones elsewhere in the world who have nothing on account of corrupt governments who neither fear God nor acknowledge that “all men…are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” The church is to be the shining city on a hill. We are to be the shining city on a hill. Indeed I am to be a shining city on a hill.

“Come unto Me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” In all my gaining of theological knowledge and understanding throughout the year, the basic child-like truth is muddled or becomes unclear: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If I were downcast, needy, and I could not seem to get my head above water, I know how I would want to be “done unto”. I know I would welcome someone who could come alongside and help me bear the burden so that I could recover, overcome and then help others do the same. When did charity, care for the needy, and social consciousness become the hallmark of liberals? It was the domain of the church first. So this Christmas, as you are remembering how good you have it, do not forget those who do not and let’s be the church.

Josh H.

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