Food Stamps and Such…
Food stamps and WIC are now called EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer), and stamps and vouchers have been replaced by debit cards. In an economy where food, gas and utility prices have skyrocketed, it can be difficult to not notice (and sometimes judge) the lady in front of you at the store using an EBT card.
Sadly, America is in a mess, and Christians helped us get there leaving God out of the election process. Unhappy taxpayers have taken to Facebook and forums to express their thoughts: “Drug test welfare recipients!” “Replace Congress…vote them all out!” “Impeach Obama!” People get very passionate in their comments and feel they have the answers…but unless they are including Jesus in that equation, they really don’t.
But I digress.
Do we want real change? We should start with ourselves. Then, we can go to the mission field called “the poor,” where second and third generation EBT users live who know no other life. Take them Jesus! Get your church van and go pick them up on Sundays and/or Wednesdays and take them to church. No church van? Find one or two children, talk to their parents, and take the children to church in your own car. These are small steps toward the process of change. Search and Rescue! Head up a project to take the parents some Bibles and some “non-essentials” people like to have. Sow some seeds! That’s when real change will start. Take them the Better Way.
Not happy with the current administration? Stop complaining and start praying. National Day of Prayer is May 2nd…join others at your local court house or other designated gathering place and pray…but don’t wait until the 2nd, and don’t stop on the 3rd. Pray for our country!
And while I’m on my soapbox, let’s talk about that lady in the checkout line in front of you using her EBT card. You notice that she’s got on nice clothes, and shoes, and with a raised eyebrow, you check out her cart to see some choice items that you didn’t dare toss in yours. You think to yourself, “I bet your car is better than mine, too, and I’m working so that you can live a better life than me. Get a job, why don’t you!” She knows you’re looking at her, and she glances your way. You offer a guilty half smile, but she’s seen that look before.
Instead of nosing around in her cart, why not offer a short prayer for her blessing, her salvation, her situation. You don’t know her heart, but God does. She may be a sister in Christ who’s picking up food for a mother who is home with a sick child. Or perhaps she’s wearing the best clothes she had (or borrowed) because she just left a job interview, only her third one in two months because no one is hiring. When she glances your way, give her a whole smile. Compliment her, and tell her that Jesus loves her.
There will always be people who will take advantage of government programs…doesn’t that mean they need Jesus all the more? We can’t punish every person receiving assistance because some are taking advantage of it. We can’t save the world, and we don’t have to answer for the ones doing wrong. As we come together to pray for a sinking nation, we can put those people in God’s hands while reaching out our own hands to help the ones we can, and pray for the ones we can’t.
Lots of S pictures....
Sunset over Christ Chapel, Florence
Old Shoal Creek Bridge
Squirrel, Children's Museum of the Shoals, Florence
Sunflowers...my back yard
Sea Gulls, Deibert Park