Skip to comments.Fun charity site. Learn vocab or languages and donate rice for the hungry.
Posted on 10/18/2011 6:17:04 PM PDT by Winstons Julia
I like to brush up on vocab and also feel like a do-gooder.
Thanks for sharing. I posted it on my Facebook page and already have several people that are using the site!
These are hard. They don’t seem to have any of my answers as choices.
There is no “special” version of this.
I like to refresh mah francais there sometimes.
I drink deeply from the font of ... internet.
Well, when they said suicide and I said pork chops for dinner and it was wrong I just nude I was in trouble. Apparently manual doesn’t mean do it yourself, either.
Mush room! I steaked my claim tonight. I don’t want to leave you hanging.
Thanks. Very “engrossing”.
Thanks. Very “engrossing”.
Every nation needs to be able to feed ITSELF.
No international food donations, ever.
If other nations have problems they need to fix their own problems.
When you get them all correct they don’t get much rice.
It’s not a donation. It’s paid for by your participation.
For what it’s worth, my HO...
If I pay money, then I get the rice. If they want rice they need to pay for it or grow their own. There’s no free rice in life.
When Europeans first came to America and it was a “colonial backwater”, basically the “wilderness” - there was no “international aid program” that gave them free food while they floundered. They brought axes, hammers, livestock and seeds with them and when they got here, they started farming. And they’ve been so successful at farming they can easily produce enough food for Americans to have plenty of high quality inexpensive food.
Now the rest of the idiots of the world who refuse to overthrow their own tyrants, roll up their sleeves, and make a living farming are kept addicted to foreign aid.
There are only two reasons a nation starves it’s people: stupid and lazy.
Tyrants keep their people starving because they alone decide how capital is employed, they’re incompetent at doing that, and they place a very low priority on doing things right and a very high priority on simply staying in power. Anyone who has had a garden or raised a chicken knows how easy it is to farm once you understand manure and irrigation. And if you’re in an inhospitable place, with the tiniest bit of brains and quite a bit of sweat, it’s amazing how you can rig up a farming operation very cheaply. High-tech is not necessary. Billions of dollars in “loans” are not necessary. Gargantuan dams are not necessary. The Romans built aquaducts to move water hundreds of miles - without any energy needed to make the system work.
Propping up failed political regimes - those that fail in being able to keep their subjects fed, clothed and housed - is very bad for those subjects as it allows the dictators to keep their people in darkness. Dependency is one of the most alluring of tempations and powerful methods of enslavement.
What they really need is first the Bible, then inspiration to get up and git goin’, business-wise and politics-wise. Just git’er done.
There is no free lunch.
And yet, Christ was willing to provide both Jew and Gentile with exactly that—a free lunch. He fed them physically and he fed them spiritually.
I’m a girl. I’m compassionate and enjoy challenging myself. If it feeds some people... that’s a bonus.
Have a great day.
It was free in the sense that He did not require them to go home and feed themselves, but He fed them physically. He also gave them spiritual food, which they rejected then.
Believers are called to do both—to provide for the physical needs of others and to provide for their spiritual needs.
Giving in secret has nothing to do with your post #12. Kindly do not attempt to change the subject.
I believe Christ reveals, through his parable in Matthew 25, where your post is in error. Our attitude should be not. “I have mine, let them earn theirs” but, “God gave me X, therefore, because I have X, I can freely give of it—food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, etc—because God has given it to me, not to store up for myself, but to be used to serve others and lead them to Him.
It’s “cool” to be a liberal and travel to far off lands and help the starving sick millions. It’s like having a tattoo or drinking the latest martini.
If I express any reservations or conditions on supporting the masses of the third world, I’m an “evil Republican”.
Young guys and girls (and aging hippies, commies, etc.) think it is the coolest thing for “the rich”, i.e., other people who have substantial means, to give.
One can donate to the starving North Koreans. Kimbo Il would send his thanks for feeding his people. And happily continue oppressing them.
International charity creates and props up dysfunctional and tryannical governments. It creates dependency on said charity. That’s not charity it’s slavery. Because Kimbo will never ever do anything to raise the standard of living of his people, provide Bibles to them, provide education for them that is not indoctrination, etc. In his own mind, perhaps he is a great ruler, but in reality, he is in way over his head. Yet he refuses to relinquish power. And he sits on a small stockpile of nuclear weapons. The more economically broke NK is, the less ability the nation has to wage war. The more the nation of NK is helped, the more bold the leader becomes, thinking that he is “winning”.
In short, the nations of the world with lower per-capita wealth and income are awash in complex problems that naive people can not solve. In fact, most efforts, even large loans by the IMF, etc., usually make things worse, as powerful thugs with armies and gangs wind up taking whatever things of value there are and running roughshod over the “little people”.
The Bible exclusively refers to charity of providing for earthly needs via two conduits: tithing to your congregation and directly to people you come across - directly - who have dire needs and are not simply tricking you out of money, but they have real needs. The Bible never speaks of responding to letters from far off places telling of some great need. There is no mention of one nation being responsible for another nation’s poor. There is no mention of being required to pay money to a charitable organization other than the church. I am reminded of the case of poor Stanley Thornton, the man who likes to play baby. He is capable of managing a website promoting his twisted thoughts, but unable to get a job. He adamantly maintains that he requires government charity and threatens to commit suicide if it is cut off.
Non-Christians and many professing Christians who are simply naive will prod others to donate to their “charities” and employ subtle twisting of Scriptural meanings to separate people from their money.
Often, people think about it for a second, wondering if the cause is legitimate, then realize that it would take far too much time and effort to really, truthfully know, and they simply click off their mind and give a little, consoling themselves in their own mind “at least I tried, I gave”. That’s the dark logical pit one can fall into - since such acts DO ABOSOLUTELY NOTHING TOWARDS GAINING SALVATION. The false charity has succeeded in playing on the person’s guilt and uncertainty of Scripture to snooker them out of some spare change. If a charity does that enough times, there is plenty of money for full-time Executive Directors and staff members - who can make a living and lull themselves to sleep at night feeling good about their self-righteousness.
The answer for the Christian who feels guilty from time to time - tithe 10% of ones gross earnings to one’s congregation. And anyone that you happen across who is in desperate need of help, help them. Perhaps it might not be money, maybe they need a car. Maybe they need job skills. A second chance start in life. But the Christian with a desire to give must learn to not become prey for people who are dangerous or destructive and remember that the first priority is bringing the Gospel to them. If a Christian spends some time walking around an inner city this issue confronts them as they need to learn who is trying to rob them, who’s looking for drug money and who is hungry.
Certainly legitimate churches have overseas missions that one can support either with effort or money. Those missions that are best, IMHO, are those that focus first on the Gospel and emergency items of mercy, as well as those that go on to try to uplift people and work towards real goals of lasting change, including political change towards civil government that embraces Christianity and rules wisely and justly, as well as promoting ingenuity and hard work. In order to support such efforts best, one should search them out instead of waiting for them to come along. Then one can fully and rightly discern what the mission is all about and confidently support it.
Then when the “thing on the internet” pops up and someone starts exhorting one go “give, give”, “what kind of Christian are you!!!”, one can politely, with no guilt whatsoever, let them know that one has already given.