Hat tip to Didacht's monday browser buster for yeat another Monday morning meme. Not the best day of the week. Yesteday we had an offering at church for expansion. This appens every year, and it is to grow the church. For last year we founded four congregations, and we are now supporting missionary churches in India, in Japan and in New York, New Your.
When I look at where I give I want to see good governance. I don't want to see any socoial justice poison. I want to see good things done, and the money accounted for. If administration takes the money, I ghost my giving.
This would is corrupt and broken. Butthe church should neither be corrupt nor broken. The world wants it as such. As the preacher said esterday, there was a reason that Wellington wento itno patrial lockd down two expansion sundays in a row, for that is where the church started, and that is wherer the spirit of this time most strongly opposes all that is good, berautifl and true.
16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. 19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
Yes, I am quite aware that thereare ways to game financial results, to hide outcomes. I see this. There are organiztions that used to be good -- Amnesty, CORSO, medicins sans frontieres -- but the second and third generation of administratiors are not interested in sorting the problems out that they were founded to end but istead they ar manufacturing problems by encouraging the movement of economic refugees to the first world.
.We need to provide for our families first. if we do not do so, we are worse than the infidels. Then we need to provide for the churches. With what we can control, and in this time of high taxation rates, a fair amount of money is diverted to the taxman before we see it. Then other good things. But thses things need to be planned, deliberate, careful.
So to finish, one rule of thumb: if the charity is advertising its need on the television or the internet, put your money elsewhere, where it will do some good.