The importance of the churches and temples is to teach us and remind us we are
all poor and beggers. While some people give without ever have gone
to church, many of us have to be taught from childhood and reminded constantly
of the right thing to do. Think of it like that and you can
appreciate our churches and temples.
Scriptures are also full of commands of HS to building temples to the lord.
Church, religous buildings are vital for the nurishment of souls. Even my parish
donates off the top a tithe each week. Not only are faiths directly giving there
are spin off charities like catholic relief services. Bill Gates
gives for his name. 20 years ago he gave libraries computer and software. Great
marketing strategy. Parents see the PCs and Microsoft products in the library.
They didn't see the macs in the schools. They buy what is familiar. It is bothersome. I don't need to know my neighbor supports a
charity that they bring over envelopes for that charity given by the charity. If
a family goes on a charity trip they are encouraged to fundraise for it. Why?
Why can't they jut pay the fee themselves and go? All these walks and such
with Tshirts. You pay $20 a person, get a shirt, put a button on your blog.
Really why can't you give the foundation money and forget the gimmick?
Giving is no longer a looking at your budget and giving a portion freely.
Regarding La Vonne's perspective.... Maybe the LDS Church and its members
need to do more "conspicuous giving" so La Vonne can fully appreciate
the help they give to those in need? Not that there isn't
evidence of it if you care to look....but there just aren't a lot of press
conferences and media events about it.
La Vonne your ignorance of mormon and catholic charities and service to feeding
the poor is astounding.
To My2Cents: I guess that explains why the USA is about the only first-world
country that doesn't have some kind of true universal health care. But as
proud individualists, we all have the right to die at home, sick, and poor, and
knowing no one else is going to have to worry about us! Wonderful! I
don't think we are put here to not concern ourselves with others. Can you
imagine what we might face in the eternities if the Savior had decided, as He
might have, and had the free will to do, to not drink of "the bitter
@La VonneDo you have evidence to suggest that Mormon temples are
expensive? The truth is they are not. You think of church buildings with
beautiful architecture and you assume that makes the project expensive. There
is no marble or gold leaf or hardwood flooring inside temples - the floors are
carpet, the walls are painted drywall, the artwork and adornments are cheap (or
donated).When Christ was alive he removed the thieves from the
temple, he didn't dismantle it and donate the raw materials to the poor.
Clearly Christ thought having temples was important.
At first I thought was a picture of Jesus carrying that bag of rice. Turns out
it was Sean Penn. Hmmm.
I would like to see some of the giving whether for spot light attention or
anonymously to be done for the poor. God has said that the true and perfect
religion is when we care for the poor, the widows and the orphans James 1:27.
What causes me more distress is to see how wealthy churches like the Mormons and
the Catholics, build expensive temples while the poor are starving.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone gave at least a portion of their 10%
to the poor? This would please God more than a building.
A well presented article that perfectly describes the state of the nation and
why poverty is remaining our way of life.This "Conspicuous
Giving" is the very means and reason the Republicans and socialist and
government are so adamant about this type of social behavior. Conspicuous giving
is selfish and has little value. Just as some people don't pick up a penny
on the street because of its value. It's like dropping that penny on the
street and putting your name on it so other can know where it came from.Our society has been tricked by news media and many other selfish
organizations that say charity and begging is something we should do, a tax we
should pay. That is Socialism forcing shared incomes even if you don't have
a job or income. Sharing you poverty is not charity, nor is it godly because of
the selfish nature as a poor tax. The American way has overcome
charity and we put our value in self sufficiency and independence and not
expecting others to help. And its why government should not be charitable with
welfare and health care.Charity begins at home and stays in your
There is surely much good accomplished by those giving conspicuously. But there
is a caveat, of course. As Jesus taught, such have their reward already when
they give to been seen and adulated. And that is fine. It's why they
gave, and no one is robbed, and some good is done. But giving out of love and
compassion, and not in a limelight, brings additional blessings. He that seeth
in secret shall reward thee openly.