TITLE: Do you feel it is true that "Spiritual problems CANNOT be solved with secular solutions"?
By gene hudgens
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I feel that too many (perhaps most) Christians in America are often lazy and unconcerned about problems that surround them; spiritual and secular.
Seventy-six percent of the American population professes to be Christians. That is a majority in all areas of American life; including voting.
Christians are expected to be concerned with spiritual problems. Around the world, about 26,500 children die every day from hunger, poverty, and easily preventable diseases and illnesses. This is killing and killing is a spiritual problem and Christians are expected to solve this “sin before God”. American Christians have not done a worthwhile job. American Christians control a large portion of the world’s wealth and have not done a worthwhile job of parting with their money. Stopping the killing by eliminating poverty and hunger must be our goal. Quoting scripture alone does not get the job done.
For eight years Christians have idly watched an ineffective Congress and a hypocritical President fail to do a worthwhile job solving this problem. He allows his unrealistic conservative religious beliefs to encourage suffering throughout America and the world.
World over population is the number one problem in the world, yet he encourages more over-population by condemning condom use and birth control. Our President announced his $15 billion package to fight AIDS, and then extends his global gag rule (religious restrictions) on the use of these funds. Wow! Very smart!
Finally it appears that a worldly, logical, sensitive, concerned individual is elected President. Now, many conservative Christians are screaming that Mr. Obama is a sinful liberal because he favors doing the logical things that can solve problems of poverty and hunger rather than argue with human nature. For four thousand years philosophers have written that we can not change human nature.
How do we American Christians know that spiritual problems CANNOT be solved with secular solutions? The problems of poverty and hunger have not been solved with prayers.
We must combine and mix our efforts until an effective solution is found. God gave us a brain and we owe this to our Creator.
Sins and problems must be analyzed in degrees of seriousness. I feel certain my God feels that hunger and poverty (which is killing) is a greater sin that using condoms, controlling birth or masturbating. My God certainly feels that Christians are failing as a worthwhile religious voice when year after year a child unnecessarily dies every 3 seconds because of hunger, poverty, and easily preventable diseases and illnesses.
Governments play a key role in allocating resources and adopting policies that influence the lives of poor and hungry people. Every Christian should use his and her U.S. citizenship and self-empowerment to influence the nation's voice to change government policies to better live for all humans.
Most people know the story of Africa and Iraq using child slaves but what people might not know is that Haiti, the island paradise, has a dark side to this slavery around the world. About 25% of children ages 10 to 14 works without pay. They work as street traders, and for sexual reasons. This must make God very sad. This to me is very disturbing. These children are taken from their families and sold into servitude while thousands of vacationers (likely Christians) relax and lay in the sun while these kids suffer.
This is a very common sinful situation is so many countries on our beautiful earth.
Wake-up Christian America!
Prepared by GENE HUDGENS
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