Thankful for Food
Marvin Olasky’s article “Dependent No More” [Aug. 17] is relevant and a real challenge. However, I question his statement “Therefore it is right for gospel missions to ask homeless men and women to listen to the Good News before dinner, though it would be wrong for them to demand a profession of faith in exchange for stew.” This he supports by the Scriptures telling of Jesus feeding the four thousand and the five thousand. I do not see that these thousands came to hear Jesus because they were physically hungry, though at later gatherings some may have come for that reason after they heard of his multiplying the loaves.
Street people who come for physical needs, especially food, are not going to be very receptive listeners with “growling stomachs.” Maybe with thankful hearts for the food, they may be more open to hearing about our loving and merciful God.
Of children’s books and beer ads
Thanks to Richard Cizik for his recent “Speaking Out” about brewery-sponsored community programs [“It’s Time to Bite the Silver Bullet,” Aug. 17].
I recently volunteered to tutor kids from low income, mostly non-English-speaking families. Some area churches “adopted” a grade school in their neighborhood and set up a Saturday tutoring center. I was dismayed to see that many primary-level storybooks (produced by a Christian publisher) had large “donated by Coors” slogans on the covers. This certainly rivaled the Playboy foundation’s vast donations to feminist causes as an oxymoronic corporate charity.
Yet Coors was the only firm that provided our center sorely needed materials, and, desperate for supplies, we used these lovely children’s books bound in beer ads. I still wonder just what lessons my ...1
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