“Bring In Those Pets and Plants…”

Down here in West Texas, we don’t experience a monolithic Winter cold all season long.  Oh, it gets cold alright.  Not as cold as Denver, Cheyenne, or Missoula, but cold enough to harm or kill anyone stranded outside after a cold front blows through.  Thus our Winter consists of “cold snaps”.  Freezing weather that frequently gives way to relative warmth several times a month.

This means that our weather forecasters tend to use catch phrases to “remind” us of the fact that since another freeze is on the way, there are certain precautions local people need to take that they might forget.  Things like “Drip your faucets”; “Turn off the automatic sprinkler system”; AND “Don’t forget to bring in your pets and plants”.  It turns out such forgetfulness can be deadly.

Sadly, no one reminds the church to bring in the people.

Okay, that’s not true.  Jesus does (Matt. 25:31-46).

So why do we blow this off?

I spend a lot of energy on this blog dealing with the reasons why.

Actually, I say it is basic contempt for the poor, a demon deeply rooted in American culture.  But the church puts up quite a smokescreen to hide behind, and addressing it involves more complicated answers.  Chief among the smokescreen issues is a little book called When Helping Hurts.  This book (and especially those endorsing it) goes to extraordinary lengths to both justify contempt for the poor and promote it in the church.

Meanwhile, our community faces its first true cold snap of the season tonight.  The forecasters will remind us to bring in our pets and plants, but our churches will hold seminars teaching us to not help the poor who suffer the Winter cold through the night, and to fear that the help we might have offered would actually hurt these freezing people instead.

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4 comments

  1. Spy Vs Spy · October 14

    John 12 revised!

    Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

    But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him~ who was also the CEO of a major 501c3 nonprofit), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred dollars and given to the poor?”

    6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the charity’s collection he used to help his own salary and vacation perks with what was put into it.

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  2. T. F. Thompson · October 14

    Oh, hell no. Don’t forget Rover and The LIttle Shop of Horrors with the flowers and all. We can’t live without our ‘toys’ that bring us so much happiness. As for people: screw them. They don’t count and should just all go out there and get a job. ‘Take care of them?” Not on your life. WE have too much being a Christian to do: like singing, and holding hands and telling everyone we love them to do any of that. Come on, now. It’s time to feed Fideo. Don’t they all have such cute little ‘personalities?” I call them all members of my family. They are just soooooooo cute.

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  3. Pastor Randy · October 15

    Unfortunately, in organized churchian religion, talk is emphasized over action. Thanks for the challenge!

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  4. Agent X · October 15

    As I wake up this morning, I still hear the wind chimes on the porch! I stumble out of a warm bed to retrieve a hot cup of coffee, and I think the thermostat is still set on cool. The house is down to maybe 68 degrees, which I would love to keep it at all through July and August, but which also tells me it is very cold outside this morning.

    I am concerned for my friends. I have no doubt the church and the charities afforded many of them blankets, coats, and hats n gloves. I am thankful for every crumb that falls from our table! But I am mindful that the LOVE of Christ is not well expressed in a blanket given to one sent away into the night. That is a crumb, not the LOVE from which it crumbles.

    Meanwhile my church keeps a giant church building warm and empty last night. All the beautiful stained glass, all the plush offices and class rooms were kept safe and dry and the thermostat there kept at a level to maintain comfort for those ministers who will return there for work this morning.

    And so THE LEAST OF THESE did not find refuge there in HIS HOUSE yet again last night because the gate keeper did not keep alert.

    Sad.

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