Scripture tells us we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity, meaning… ninety-five percent of the time we turn away from providing for the needs of [people]… To walk in sin is natural for us to do, but now becoming Christians we have a new nature.

Now that we are Christians we are to be a giving community… to stand up for the fatherless, the helpless, the widowed, and those unable to find true justice in our world. As Christians, we are called to action that through our daily prayers and activities we may bring to light the kingdom of God.

Why should we help the poor, the needy, and the fatherless, when most of the people we help will not accept Jesus…?

As Christians, we are never to give up, we are to never look away or judge people based on their condition or choices when it comes to charity, but rather do the things we do because of Christ’s love for the world. The Scriptures tell us, “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”  Jesus [did not give us his life] because we were pleasing to him; [but] to bring us out of darkness and into the light of his love.

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:7-9 KJV)

If we were good…, why would Jesus need to die for us that we might be saved from the wrath of God hanging over the world?

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:10 KJV).

Our salvation came not because we were good, but rather because of love and [Christ’s] choice to lay down his life for us. Doing good will not save us from God’s wrath, [yet] our mission [is] to bring healing and hope to the world… to deal well with our neighbors, and those in need as we live our lives on earth…

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