If Christians had taken care of their families in the first place, despotic governments would have not metastasized to the dangerous level they are now.
This well-known parable describes working compassion as contrasted to selfishness. It also clarifies just who is our neighbor.
The fifth fruit of the Spirit, kindness, reflects God's loving actions toward us. We in turn must learn to bestow kindness on others.
Philosophers and ethicists, steeped in humanism, shoot wide of the truth in answering, 'Who is my neighbor?' Charles Whitaker explains that the Bible reveals the answer to this big moral question, as well as providing sensible guidelines on the finer details of Christian charity.
Christianity has both an inward aspect (building godly character or becoming sanctified) and an outward aspect (doing practical good works).
Forces of greed have highjacked charities, their executives sometimes receiving high levels of compensation while their recipients receive left-over crumbs.
Both Ruth and Naomi demonstrated covenant loyalty in this marriages long after the death of their spouses. Ruth faithfully continued to serve her mother-in-law.
In an age when globalism is a reality, when immediate contact with far-flung peoples occurs every day, answering "Who is my neighbor?" is a vital necessity. En route to explaining Jesus' reply to the lawyer in Luke 10, Charles Whitaker exposes how today's celebrated thinkers answer this question.
Kindness goes hand-in-hand with love. It is an active expression of love toward God and fellow man, produced through the power of God's Spirit.
We are called to take on the very nature of God, to put on the love of God. Surprisingly, We can rekindle our first love by ardently keeping God's Commandments.
Jesus warns of the wrong attitudes of discipleship, including self-exaltation, exclusivity, resorting to persecution or vengeance, and getting distracted.
The Bible shows that economic disparity is a given. Scripture teaches that we should voluntarily help the poor rather than be coerced by the government.
God established permanent patterns, electing Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as all of those He has called. This election should be our obsession.
It is beyond question that Christians should be compassionate toward the needy. We are to lend a hand to those who have stumbled. But how far does this go?
God's church faces a time of trial, a famine of the Word. What should Christians be doing during such a time? The first-century church provides an answer.