Christian Charity–Now, and Post-TEOTWAWKI

I intentionally emphasize the theme of Christian charity in my writings. I
strongly encourage charitable giving both the present day and post-TEOTWAWKI.
It is important to keep far more storage food on hand than you expect
to consume. If all that you have is the bare
minimum to supply your own family or retreat group, you won’t be in any
position to dispense charity.

Charity
is not optional, it is Biblically mandated.
I feel this
very strongly, for several reasons. First: it is there in The Book, over
and over again. There is no denying it. God said it. I believe it.
That settles it.
Secondly, I came to recognize that God’s gift of
salvation bestowed upon me, through election, and the profound realization
that His gift was unmerited. I didn’t deserve salvation
any more than some of my neighbors deserve my charity WTSHTF.
But God freely gave that gift to me, so I’m going to do my utmost to freely
bestow charity on everyone that I can. Lastly, everything that I’ve earned
and saved, I consider providential gifts from God. I intend to share it with
those that are less fortunate and those that currently lack the foresight
to stock up for potential bad times.

Charity with no strings attached is a powerful witness for God’s
love and for the gospel of Christ. You don’t need to be an eloquent speaker.
Just tell them: "Its the Christian thing to do." That speaks volumes.
BTW, it won’t hurt to hand out a few gospel tracts and Bibles along with the
grub.

I strongly encourage charitable giving both the present day and post-TEOTWAWKI.
It is important to keep far more storage food on hand than you expect to consume.
If all that you have is the bare minimum to supply your own family or retreat
group, you won’t be in any position to dispense charity.

In particular, I recommend that you stock up on extra wheat, rice, beans, and
sprouting seeds. If purchased in food grade 5 gallon buckets they are currently
still relatively inexpensive. Just an extra two or three hundred pounds of
grains and legumes could save dozens of lives. God’s providence is a gift.
Share it. I’m sure that there will be a lot of such people wandering about
when the balloon goes up. Consider yourself an ambassador for Christ, and act
accordingly. Do it for God’s glory rather than your own.

If the situation warrants it, give at arm’s length. I describe
one way to do this in my novel "Patriots".
It may sound almost absurd, but you may need to dispense charity by passing
it over concertina wire
or even while holding the beneficiaries at gunpoint
at a safe distance. If times are bad enough, they’ll understand your caution.

How much of your stockpile should you set aside for charity? Generally I’d
recommend at least a tenth. That is in line with the tradition of tithing,
which has its roots in the Old Testament law of Tzedaka.The tzedaka law
says that you provide for your immediate family first, then your extended family,
and then your local community, and so on.

What if it is a localized natural disaster and you know that the situation
is likely to get back to normal with in a few months? Then you can probably
afford to be more charitable than just giving a tenth.
In essence, you can look at your three year food supply as a one year supply
for three families, or as a six month supply for six families.

And what if you find yourself in a total societal collapse, with no end in
sight? Pray about it. Then give until it hurts.

Do your best to provide for those that are less fortunate and those that currently
lack the foresight to stock up for potential bad times. I’m sure that there
will
be
a lot of such
people wandering about when the balloon goes up. Consider yourself an ambassador
for Christ, and act accordingly. Do it for God’s glory rather than your own.
BTW, it won’t hurt to hand out a few gospel tracts along with the grub. Do
so with the accompanying words: "Its the Christian thing to do." That
might
sink in with a few of those folks. ‘Nuff said.

 

And what about charity for here and now? I highly
recommend these worthy charities:

The Linda Rawles Memorial Fund

Set up in honor of my late wife ("The Memsahib"), this charity benefits The Anchor Institute Orphanage and School, in rural Zambia

Any Soldier

and

Christian Reformed Outreach South Sudan (C.R.O.S.S.) Ministries

and

Blessings
For Obedience

and

Compassion
International

Compassion is a Christian Charity dedicated in providing education, food,
medical care, and Christian training to children in poverty worldwide.

Children sponsored through Compassion International receive

  1. Educational Opportunities: such as tuition, school books and supplies,
    tutoring
  2. Health care and supplemental nutrition: check-ups, hygiene instruction,
    and medical treatment as needed
  3. Christian discipleship. They will hear about Jesus Christ, have regular
    Bible training, and be encouraged to develop a life long relationship with
    God

Smart Money Magazine, Money Magazine, and The American Institute
of Philanthropy give Compassion International the very highest
ratings for their financial management and trustworthiness.

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