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Elisabeth Black
Posted 6 months ago
Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing
Louis while I understand your frustration, it's easier to change yourself than to demand that others change. It's easier to "guerrilla garden" than attack the agricultural corporations. I'm not happy with BIG Farma either, but I've instead worked on my own land. I grown flowers, use integrated pest management and the least toxic option always. I plant flowers that I know will reseed in places that I don't own and not only am I helping nature, it makes me smile to see flowers year after year from one intentional seeding. So instead of railing against big corporations, teach people how easy it is to make a place that welcomes and supports beneficials like bees.
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Elisabeth Black
Posted 9 months ago
Why do many politically conservative American Christians oppose social welfare programs when the Bible calls on Christians to help the poor?
Doc, I truly believe the best way to connect people is a multi step process. 1) serve others. Rich, poor, happy or sad, serve all people. Hold the door for someone carrying packages, buy coffee (or a meal) for the person behind you in line. Pay someone's toll on a toll road. That kind of thing. Heck, even smiling at someone is a form of service. 2) talk to people. And when you talk ask them about themselves and then listen to them while making eye contact. 3) when someone thanks you for one of your acts of service tell them to pay it forward. 4) let God work. Sometimes we plant a seed and God waters that seed and we never even see all the steps to the harvest nor the harvest itself. Be okay with just planting a seed or watering as you go along. Be okay with not getting the thank you. And finally advertise opportunities to help. Each year I organize the Samaritans purse operation Christmas child shoebox mission. But the entire church donates stuff to pack the shoeboxes and the Sunday school kids pack them. People who don't normally volunteer participate in this every year. Make volunteering,and helping the poor easy. :)
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Elisabeth Black
Posted 9 months ago
Why do many politically conservative American Christians oppose social welfare programs when the Bible calls on Christians to help the poor?
"Forget the others" as I read it is a biblical doctrine. "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." -Matthew 7:5 which to me means do not worry about how much others help the poor or how they feel about it, simply help the poor yourself and forget what others are doing, feeling, saying. It's not only biblical but also "red letter."
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Elisabeth Black
Posted 9 months ago
What will you sacrifice in order to live your extraordinary passion?
Wow, sounds a little like my calling. I recently left a six-figure job in the Pharmaceutical industry to return to school and become a Minister. I have trouble with #6 too especially since I already have family, a husband and children who rely on me. My calling (passion) I'd from God which makes it a little easier. I'm not sure if you believe in God, but if you do and you earnestly go in Prayer, you will put to rest your worries because you will be moving forward in your own calling.
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Elisabeth Black
Posted 9 months ago
Why do many politically conservative American Christians oppose social welfare programs when the Bible calls on Christians to help the poor?
Peter Lindsay, I am both most Politically conservative, a Christian and studying for ministry work. And here's the disconnect that confuses most people who do not believe in a higher being. I believe that Jesus was God in human form. Being God he was truly willing to die for humans all humans. Even the one who betrayed him and sent him to his death. It is this type of whole hearted selfless love that is required in order for socialism to work. We Christians aren't Christians because its cool, or lucrative or a creed we follow blindly (true Christians) we do it because we feel compelled for everyone to feel and know the love we have from our God every day. I don't believe that the government welfare system works. I give and volunteer in nonprofit organizations and would give more if I had more to give. I have put my money where my mouth is by leaving a six-figure career to go to Seminary. And so I do follow Jesus' teachings but as with all of Christianity it's all voluntary. The closer you are to God the more you want to share His love. Sometimes that's financially, sometimes it's listening, sometimes it's providing a service like a car ride to a doctor's appointment. I do not believe the government which is a bastion of waste, greed and corruption does "helping the poor" right.