Kevin Foley’s Oct. 18 column, “Silence of Christian Leaders on Poor is Deafening” was a confusing one. In the beginning, he professes he isn’t a “churchgoer” and says he attended a religious high school and studied the Bible. Where in the Bible is it stated that government’s role is to achieve what charity cannot? Who is meant to decide this? What is Foley’s definition of charity? What constitutes “health care to the poor,” and what defines “the poor”? Is he intending to write another article on what it means to be “un-Christian” again soon?
Is Foley familiar with amazing service organizations such as the Salvation Army, MUST Ministries, City of Refuge Atlanta, the Atlanta Dream Center, the Good Samaritan Health Center or the Hope Clinic? Where do these organizations “fit” in humanitarian needs being met? This reader would welcome hearing Foley’s response.
Perhaps, instead of presenting a personal point of view that conveys “writer’s research” that included a shallow depiction of details for his protocol in reaching out to pastors at six local churches, quotes from various websites and personal opinions that cast a judgmental focus, why not share something more substantial? This reader would like to believe that Foley did more than spend time at his desk and computer, or in the driver’s seat of his car while counting churches on the side of the road in Cobb. Could there have been a bit more relevant research to support his commentary?
This reader is a believer of Jesus Christ. Because of this, this reader understands there is confusion about what the church is/meant to do, what a personal relationship with Jesus means and what the Body of Christ at work actually is. A church isn’t defined by its appearance, building, congregation, location, pastors, ministries, programs or services, nor is every person a Christian who enters a church or actively participates in a church. Only God knows the hearts of those who profess themselves Christians. The Body of Christ, or believers in Jesus, exist everywhere. Biblically rooted churches are meant to serve, equip, support and teach believers of Jesus, about what it means to serve, live and model the leadership style of Jesus wherever they may be. (Through relationships at home, at work, in family, in community, in leadership, etc.)
Mr. Foley, do you want to know more about Jesus? It seems like you do. He knows you, and He knows your heart. He knew you before you were born into this world, and He loves and cares about you. There is a reason you have chosen not to go to a church, and He knows that reason. There is a reason you chose to write about helping “the poor” and He knows this. This reader also believes that when you spend more time in His Truth, the Bible, the Lord will show you what Jesus (He) would do about taking care of the poor. Also, maybe you wouldn’t have to spend as much time looking for these answers in other places.
Mr. Foley, may we never find ourselves living amidst a forced deafening or silencing of this blessing of free speech being exercised within God’s abundantly blessed country, the United States of America. May we never forget that our trusting Him shines forth His best for us. Trust Him. You will be surprised by what you learn.