Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Habitat for Humanity

This week, our church is working on a house for Habitat for Humanity. I have spent much of the week on a roof sweating like a maniac. I love it. Nothing soothes the soul like the sound of pounding hammers and the whir of power tools. If the Church ever fires me, I'm becoming a contractor.

When I get a chance, I'm finishing my thoughts on Romans 8:28.

By the way, have any of you worked with Habitat before? Anything that I should know?

6 comments:

Creekman said...

I wouldn't feel right about supporting, much less working for, an organization that builds houses for unmarried couples.

pappy said...
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pappy said...

Creekman,

Are you saying that giving/helping the needy if they are living in sin is wrong? Please clerify.

Pappy

pilgrim said...

We did that last summer--it was a great bonding time for some guys in our congregation.
It was also a chance to speak with others.
I don't have the problem creekman has--helping others doesn't imply consent, agreement or support of everything they do.

Creekman said...

I think there is a distinction to be made between helping others and helping others to continue in their sin. Building a house for two people to "shack up" together is, at least in my mind, like handing a drunkard a bottle of beer. How is that really helping him? I realize that people need a place to live, but do they need a place to live in sin?

Maybe I'm just heartless.

pappy said...

creekman,

Thanks for the respose. I would agree with you that we should be wise in our giving to the needy. I certainly would not want to hand a drunkard a beer or buy drugs for an addict, however where do you draw the line?

I look at the life of Christ and his giving to the needy and can not recall a time where he didn't help or aid someone because of sinful actions. In fact, he seems to get quite despondent with those who criticize him for helping "sinners" in need. The woman in Jn 8, the healing on the sabbath in Jn 4 or 5, ect. He even heals 9 lepers that don't thank him in Lk 17.

I don't think it is our duty to deny service to those in need based on thier righteousness. We must remember that as "good" as we think we are, our righteousness is as filthy rags.

So yes, I think it is our duty to help a family that needs a house. Yes I think we should give to the exit ramp beggar. And yes, I think God will judge us based on our heart, not theirs when the judgement day comes.

Anyone else out there have any insight?

Maybe I'm just a sucker.