This article I read today had me floored. Here it reads:
Church closes food bank because it attracts poor people
WINNIPEG –A busy church food bank, known for offering warm drinks and snacks to its regulars, has announced it’s closing because it is attracting too many poor people.
“It’s attracting a lot of street people that made it uncomfortable,” said Charlotte Prossen, Unity Truth Centre minister Thursday. “It’s creating social unrest in the church.”
“A food bank is a social service and that is not who we are.”
Ms. Prossen said the program is being cancelled to focus on more church-specific activities. The church’s board of trustees made the decision to cancel the bimonthly food bank after receiving an e-mail from a sister church in Victoria.
“Most clients of food banks have not yet come to a sense of personal responsibility in life. They are still in denial, blame or seeing the world as owing them.” Wrote Rev. David Durksen of the Unity Church of Victoria.
Ms. Prossen praised the work done by food banks, and said the church will still collect food for baskets but focus more on people’s spiritual hunger.
Their reasoning for canceling their food basket program is evident: they fear losing current church members and the tithes that they bring in. Why risk losing our tithing members at the expense of needy poor people who are taking more than they could ever give?
Let’s see what Yahshua has to say about the two instances of miracles where he and his disciples fed 5,000 and 4,000 people.
The Miracle of 5,000 Mark 6:31-44
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and out went them, and came together unto him.
And Yahshua, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
And they did all eat, and were filled.
And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
The Miracle of 4,000 Matthew 15:32-39
Then Yahshua called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
And Yahshua saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.
What stands out to me in both scriptures is that Yahshua taught and healed the people, had compassion on the people, and fed the people.
Many are hurting spiritually because their basic human needs are not being met. Whether these poor people lost their jobs or are people who came from broken or abusive homes never getting off to a good start in life we wouldn’t know. Unless a family assessment intake was given before food was distributed among them we would have to assume that they know their needs better than we do and our duty is to help them.
Yahshua didn’t have time to have people filling out forms or wot not. The multitude that came to him for help heard of the healing and teaching that he did for others. They heard the testimonies of “I was blind and now I see… I was hungry and he fed me… I was thirsty and he gave me drink (in some cases it was wine)… I had the palsy and now I’m walking… I was dead for days and now I’m alive.” They heard how the lives of others were turned around for the better. They found out that Yahshua was in their hometown and they showed up in multitudes LESS than a sold-out Beyonce concert.
Yahshua had compassion on the multitude and fed them with physical food. Although he fed them spiritual food through his teaching he did not send them away without feeding them with physical food for their journey back home. Even James said, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”-James 2:15-18 HNB
In the article, the concern of Rev. David Dursken in his written e-mail is that “Most clients of food banks have not yet come to a sense of personal responsibility in life…” and Minister Charlotte Prossen said, “the church will… focus more on people’s spiritual hunger.”
My question is, is there not a connection between the two?
Who are we to judge a persons level of responsibility for themselves, especially you Mr. Reverend? Oh I’m sorry, I forgot. Your title “reverend” speaks for itself and is defined as one to be respected and honored as great, not one to help or serve as a minister’s title defines. I’ll refer you to the following scripture Acts 10:33-35 in which you should check yourself to see if you deserve that title according to Yahweh’s standards.
We can’t teach anyone anything about Yahweh (God) or anything spiritual if they are hungry. Most crimes are committed because people are trying to feed themselves and their families, and they just aren’t receiving the breakthrough that they need. We’ll give them the cliché statement of “have faith, God will provide”, then drive away in our Mercedes and BMW’s wearing our Prada and Armani suits leaving them empty-handed. Do we still hold this sky-god concept in our minds? Do we not realize that the spirit of Yahweh lives in us and in that moment we are the vessel that Yahweh is using to work through to cause others to believe? Believe in what? Believe in whom? They may have been praying and then YOU showed up. Their spirit may have been calling for food and a place of acceptance then someone told them about the church that gives out food baskets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. In due season they may become frequent visitors of your church, sit down and listen to the word of Yahweh being preached and it sparks their spirit to start doing better for themselves. This may lead them to become tithing members of your church, sowing into your ministry what the spirit of Yahweh working through you caused you to sow into them. This is the circle of love and life.
I truly believe that Yahweh blesses those with abundance that He knows he can entrust with giving and sharing, not to enable others but to provide opportunity for a better way of life.
I leave you with this:
James 2 Chapter Holy Name Bible (HNB)
My brethren, have not the faith of our glorious Saviour Yahshua the Messiah, with respect of persons.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not Yahweh chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one Elohim; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed Yahweh, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of Yahweh.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.