Give, because you received

2019-03-20 06:00
Advocate Kuni Ditira - Social Observer

Advocate Kuni Ditira - Social Observer

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I go to a church where the treasurer every Sunday reads a Bible verse or two encoura­ging people to contribute and give offerings to church.

Every Sunday after this, people will be clapping hands showing appreciation.

However, when it comes to giving, it seems only a few understood the message.

I sit and think that ignorance is bliss.

Those people who are not taught about the Bible or who are not reminded every Sunday, are better off than us who listen, but do the opposite.

Some of us just pay lip service of being Christians.

We do not walk the talk.

We are Christians for only those few hours on Sunday and when we leave the church we do the opposite of the teaching of the church.

We are piling burning coals on our heads.

We are digging our own graves.

A favourite poem I learnt at school was called “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.

It told us that everything on earth belongs to God.

My nephew usually reminds us that you cannot out-give God.

I get so ashamed when I see a graduate, with a good job, blessed with a house, a car and a spouse, giving R5 during Sunday collection or R50 for monthly pledge.

This is the same amount of money given by pensioners.

Are we not ashamed?

While the cost of running churches increases monthly, we give the least amount of money in our purses or wallets.

We should resource the churches so that the money they receive can enable them to assist the poor.

Now all the money goes into the running costs of the churches.

What if you look at where you are, as compared to your parents, friends or other people? If you see how much your life has improved?

Then as black people we must be able to glorify God’s name.

There are still poverty and economic struggle, I accept this.

There are still people who are living below the poverty line.

However, some of us have a lot to be thankful for.

Some of us can be a blessing to others.

I am part of a foundation which assists indigent learners with school uniforms.

Our resources are insufficient for everyone.

I am amazed to see the same people time and time again donating, whilst people who you would think may be able to assist, do not do so.

We are called Christians in His name.

We must therefore be Christ-like.

You can lie to me, to your priest, to the leaders of the church, even to yourself, but you cannot lie to God.

Come nearer to God and God will come near to you. – James 4:8.

Let Christianity be a way of living, a lifestyle.

Let it not be a mask we put on only on Sundays.

It must be the way of life.

Shalom!

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