let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth
Wesley Blog looks at the way liberals purposely ignore the kind acts of the faithful. Of course, part of that is that we are so used to the very public wailing of liberals in their causes while the Christian heeds the words of of Matthew 6. *
Evangelicals have not completely ignored other issues. The fact is, the controversial subjects get the most press. Liberals have created a false dichotomy that pits fighting abortion and homosexuality against helping the poor and the oppressed. It’s not an either/or situation, it’s both/and. Hopefully as Christians, we can learn to walk and chew gum at the same time. If all of these causes are important, then we can address them all.
Of course, the people I know who do the most to actually help the poor, as opposed to asking the government or someone else to help the poor, are religious people. Not only Christians, though that’s mostly it in this area, but people of faith generally. Perhaps one of the most attractive notions about Christianity is the moral obligation to personally help your neighbor when he is in need. And to do it quietly because it is the right thing to do, not publically to generate attention for yourself. One of the least attractive things about Objectivism, an otherwise reasonable moral philosophy, is that it imposes no moral obligation to help your neighbor in any case whatsoever instead looking on even uncoerced acts of unselfish kindness as morally suspect.
*Matthew 6 Verses 1-4
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.