Faith, Hope & Charity Ministries
Reverend Thomas's Irreverent Web Blog. A discussion of U.S. domestic events and policies affecting the development and direction of Faith Hope and Charity Ministries. Along with some highly opinionated comments, some seemingly non-Pastoral in nature.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Ok, you don't buy that 12.9 million children live in poverty ... don't take my word for it then ... ask the census bureau.
Oh, that word, destitution, most people believe that in order to actually qualify to be poverty stricken they must be destitute. I mean if Mom and Dad have a cell phone how can they be destitute. That same Mom and Dad probably don't have a home phone, because you can get a cell phone account for half the cost of a land line with twice the services. The majority of those same Mom's and Dad's really do have jobs, you know the ones that pay so well, "minimum" wage, and need one for contact information, how are they supposed to call 911 in the middle of the night if they don't have a phone. I know go out the balcony and scream for help. See if that works for you, how many times have you heard a strange, loud noise and ignored it.
Oh I read this too, some of those poor people own a TV, yeah that's reason we shouldn't help. We teased them in grade school for not having one, we admonish them as adults for owning one, go team.
Yes I am bantering, Yes I hope your tired of hearing me, I want to be the most frustrating guy in America. Maybe if your frustrated enough you will do something to shut me up, and the only thing that will shut me up is to end the nonsense. I will shove Matthew 25:35 down your throat till you are sick of it.
I know that God wants no one to suffer from hunger, I believe that by His word I live in prosperity, I know that by His word my neighbor is my responsibility, that I am my brothers keeper.
You either believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins or you believe that He was executed for being a traitor to Israel.
I believe Jesus died for me, and so I believe that I am responsible to follow all of His teachings, not just the one about keeping the sabbath day holy.
Prayer is the wrong application for Matthew 25:35, it is set of marching orders, along with the great commision.
Friday, September 21, 2007
But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.
Have a great day everyone, thank you all for your support.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Articles of Incorporation - Done
Procurement Policy - Done
Ethics Statement - Done
Conflict of Interest Statement - Done
IRS Form 1023 - Almost Done
Texas State Form 202 - Done
Bylaws - Almost Done
What will we do with this hard work? We will file our Texas State Form 202 this week, we have the money for that. The IRS form will have to wait until we have the $700 needed to file that. This Sunday we will have a board meeting and adopt these Articles and Policies.
In addition razoo has extended the contest another two weeks so please join our group. If we win this money it means that FHC Ministries will be up and in action by the end of this year and that is exciting news to me.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Now for the rest of the story. Labor day is has important to me as Memorial day, during those celebrations we honor two of the most important contributors to America today, yesterday and all the days to come.
The men and women who died for this country to give me the right to believe what I want to believe, say what I want to say (as long as it does not endanger another), to dream, to hope, and to live free. The men and women who go to work every day in all those behind the scenes service jobs and help take good care of me when I just want to sit down and have a cup of coffee delivered to me.
Though no part of the body can live without another part, and no part is more important than the another. Who would we be if a farmer did not grow food, if someone did not forge tools for him to farm with, if there were no doctor's to keep the farmer well, the connection between all the jobs done to sustain our way of life goes ignored all to often.
Today, we see a greater separation in classes, but no longer is there a real middle class, we have for the most part two classes, the working poor and the working rich. I don't begrudge someone reaping the benefits and rewards from there hard work. I simply ask that they pay a living wage to their employees.
I challenge all business owners to pay a living wage to their employee's. This one step, will prevent so much of the poverty the working poor suffer in America. America is great place to go when you need to ask someone to help. Americans will jump on the bandwagon of the innocents so fast you won't be able to keep up with it. Disaster relief, Aids Relief, World Hunger, Trash Communities, War, Endangered Species, Dogs, Cats you name it, an American is always ready to rescue the innocent.
I tell you now the working poor in this country are innocent as well, they did not choose to work for minimum wage, they choose to work to feed their families, they did not choose to set their salaries below the cost of living median, they choose to work to support and sustain themselves. They are just as innocent as a stray dog, a lost cat, a hungry child in America is as hungry as a hungry child anywhere else.
I challenge you to consider one more thing. If everyone was a doctor, lawyer, business owner, etc., who would make the products they sell, who would farm the food we eat, who would stand on their feet for 12 hours waiting on us while we complain about the burnt toast the cook sent out. Just who indeed would be behind the scenes quietly patiently making sure our lives are as comfortable as possible?
Celebrate Labor Day by taking a long look at your business practices, and see if maybe you could make a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle and be a leader, no a rebel and pay a living wage.