By Tom Quiner
A Quiner’s Diner reader made some provocative comments about modern day Christians:
“Jesus and the disciples did not sit in a building and ask people to come, they did “communal road work” preaching, performing good works and miracles where ever they went.
I admit and respect the many Christians that are active in their communities yet let’s face it, of the supposedly 70.4% or 247 million American Christians only a very small percentage is represented. Those that are represented are very often promoting their own church or chosen denomination and form of worship.
Christians spend millions of hard earned wages to fight the special interests, the ACLU and the Supreme Court and we are not winning or stemming the tide of either immorality or sin.
All I am saying is why not take all those millions and build Christian Schools, youth activities centers and family support centers.
Instead of one Church or denomination how about a whole community of Christian’s acting as one force to make a difference? How can you expect to attract new and bring back old if you do not do something bold and public for all to see as the work of Jesus not the work of one Church?
How do you expect to follow the Great Commission of the disciples to preach to all Nations one soul at a time?
Christianity in America is approaching the same destiny as most of Europe and by 2018 to 2020 is predicted to be in close competition with the Islamic faith.
That is just not acceptable. What Would Jesus Do?”
The writer suggests modern Christians aren’t doing bold and public things in our communities and the world as demanded by Christ.
I beg to differ.
I could produce lists, long lists, documenting lavish humanitarian outreach by Evangelical Christians, Methodists, Lutherans and on and on. Let me focus on Catholics. I know their record best, because I am one. And I’d like to focus on a very small sliver of Catholic outreach: Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities is the largest charitable organization in the world, assisting over 9 million needy people in the U.S. alone each year. Every Catholic Church supports them through sacrificial giving.
What does Catholic Charities do?
They work toward reducing infant mortality.
They increase the number of kids with health coverage.
They increase access to healthy food for the hungry.
They reduce the number of families and individuals forced to live in emergency shelters.
They are increasing the quantity of affordable housing units.
They work to increase fathers’ involvement in families.
Their programs increase access to quality affordable early childhood education.
They increase the rate of high school completion.
They work to increase the number of youth participating in postsecondary education or workforce training.
They’re the biggest adoption provider in the country.
This is where we Catholics put our money to make an immediate and direct impact on not just the pre-born, but of everyone. This gets to the heart of being Catholic.
We are called to embrace the social justice teachings of the Church which begins with the sanctity of life. Catholics believe life begins at conception. Despite liberals’ insistence that we butt out of politics, we just can’t when we see a million plus human beings killed, while they grow in the womb, each year.
Here’s what’s interesting about Catholic Charities: They serve the needy without regard to religious, social, or economic backgrounds.
Catholics simply want to serve.
We simply want to serve real living and breathing children … and adults. Catholics are doing this in the public square day in and day out. You know all the stuff the writer above demands of Christians? Well Catholics are already doing it.
We don’t stand on soap boxes beating our chests and telling the world how great we are. Christ said to help the poor with love, and our reward will come in heaven, not this world.
Because we quietly go about doing humanitarian outreach on every continent of the world, people like the writer above think Christians are a bunch of praying, do-nothing hypocrites. Here’s the thing: we’re not a bunch of big mouth Donald Trumps, we’re just quiet, praying Christians doing a whole bunch of good in the world.
I’m so glad the short video above was made which showcases the staggering impact Catholicism has had in the world.
The writer asks, “what would Jesus do?” Catholics are doing it.
I hope I’ve been able to constructively clear the air.