|*X-Post* LJ Christianity's e-kettle
||[Dec. 9th, 2003|10:58 am]
North Jersey Christians
*ding ding ding* Please give to the Salvation Army.|
The Army, as you all know, is one of the world's most effective Christian charities--in every continent on the globe. In the "two-thirds world," they bring food, medicine, faith, and support. In the "First World," they work with the homeless, the destitute, the addicted, and the poor through manifold ministries. Everyone knows who they are.
Newark, NJ, also as many of you also know, is a rather poor city. For all the talk of "renaissance," many people contend with hunger, homelessness, addiction, AIDS, disease, and a lack of hope. The Army is a very present help in danger for these folks, who are sorely in need. This e-kettle was set up for their benefit.
Now, I know that the community's rules do not support the advertising of a charity, or asking for donations. However, I think that this is a worthwhile "community project." It is rare--far too rare--that our work or social settings allow to actually help in the assistance of our fellow man.
In this season, when all we hear on the TV is the happy reception of presents, along with the ersatz "joy" of the world, it would do well for us to truly give gifts that matter.
And, too often, I think many of us are too willing to argue the fine points of theological discourse (or get "fluffy"). We understand the Biblical or the theological stuff of our Faith, but we don't get to the marrow of it--the spiritual and corporal care of Christ's children. (I put myself on top of that list--Lord have mercy.) Perhaps, if anything, this is an advertisement not to merely wear your faith upon a clapboard...but to assist in the faith en machina.
If you feel like giving, or can give, please do so. It doesn't need to be a lot--the Army does great work, and does great work on an amazing budget. Any money given will be used directly to improve the lives of folks who so desperately need assistance. If you can't afford it, please give the gift of prayer to those unfortunates who brave the cold of winter, and sometimes cannot afford food or medical care.
I know that money is tight for many of you--I know this all too well in my own life. But if you can, please help out.
Thanks and God bless,
(Archmoderator and Hierarch of all e-Bell Ringers, christianity)