Skip to comments.Christians raise $400 to help ailing atheist who railed against their nativity
Posted on 03/23/2012 7:21:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
When Patrick Greene learned that a county five hours north of his San Antonio home had placed a nativity on the courthouse square, he vowed to file suit if they did it again, the Malakoff News reported. An atheist, Greene did not believe the religious symbol of Christmas had any place on government property.
Then, as quickly as he blew into Henderson County, he withdrew. He would not lead a rally, he told reporters there, because he believed he suffered from a detached retina and was going blind. He had to leave his job as a taxi driver, he elaborated, and he did not have health insurance, according to the Malakoff News.
Greene thought his short foray into Henderson County ended there, but a group of Christians organized to offer him money, the Malakoff News reported.
Jessica Crye of Athens, TX, a member of San Springs Baptist Church, organized the fundraiser. She said that while others in her community were relieved to hear about Greenes eye condition, she saw the situation differently.
Why not turn this into something else? This is a great opportunity to turn the other cheek and show God's love, she told TylerPaper.com.
Erick Graham, her pastor, said they didnt have time to think or pray about the decision.
We don't discriminate on who we help, whether they are Christians or non-Christians, church members or not, Graham told TylerPaper.com. We just help those with a need.
Several Henderson County Christians offered to pay for Greenes eye surgery, but he refused. The surgery wasnt guaranteed and he said he didnt want to waste their money.
They asked how they could help and Greene, who was in the Air Force for eight years, admitted that he needed money for groceries until he sorted out his social security.
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They said they wanted to do what real Christians are supposed to do love you and they wanted to help, Greene told TylerPaper.com.
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Hey, just remember if you were on fire that atheist wouldn’t even bother spitting on you.
and Muslim charity does discriminate... that is why Muslim charity is exempt from the mandates.
Good for them.
If you’re good to your enemies, you heap coals of fire on their heads. Fun game ...
Thank you for posting this.
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
There are all sorts of actual needy people out there. One has to wonder why this church would choose this person to give God's money to-especially when this atheist didn't ask them for it. Was it really out of Christian charity or hoping to make a statement? From the article, it sounds like it didn't make one iota of difference to him. At least the church now can rest in peace knowing that his cat won't go hungry with their offerings to God.
Christians can be so gullible. Christ also told us to be wise as foxes and innocent as doves. We tend to miss the part of being wise as foxes.