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Lynnwood United Methodist Church in Lancaster SC will be fixing 50+ school bags with school supplies for
Children in our community.
Wonderful! The children in Lancaster SC will certainly appreciate it!
Didn't Jesus tell his disciples to not let people know what you are doing with respect to giving? I am always intrigued by how Methodists want to shout out what they are are doing and gain the praise of men/women.
Gary: There is a tension in the teaching of Jesus about this very issue in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV), Jesus teaches His followers to do good works that glorify their Father in heaven: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” This is a good thing according to Jesus. Then in the same Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us not to perform acts of piety for the expressed purpose of showing how spiritual we are. Regarding giving money for the poor he says in Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV): “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” It seems to me that the issue Jesus is driving at is our motive. Do our works glorify our Father in heaven or ourselves? When I read these kinds of stories, I assume that followers of Jesus are doing their best in the gift of the Holy Spirit and Christian community to glorify God and not themselves, their individual church or the United Methodist Church. It's very hard to dissect motive at least it is for me so I choose to assume a purer motive and would invite you to do so as well.
Fix bags also for the children in Mombasa, Kenya Tazama Christ United Methodist Church.