You're not charitable if you only give OPM

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Toolsmith
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You're not charitable if you only give OPM

Liberals are on a tear... if you're not in favor of the government payouts, you're being un-Christian - you must hate the poor.
Nevermind that liberals give very little of their own money (just lots of Other People's Money [OPM]) and Christians give lots of their own money. It's not charity unless it makes liberals feel good about themselves!

https://patriotpost.us/articles/50679

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My wife and I make a point to

My wife and I make a point to be generous with our charitable contributions, we typically give over $10,000 a year to charities, as well as providing hundreds of volunteer hours per year. Lefties typically don't do that. Instead, they demand that others, including the government, give more. However, those same lefties tend to be as tight-fisted as they come.

It is a cheap morality, indeed, that only demands OTHERS give more.

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Hey Tom, not to nitpick, but

Hey Tom, not to nitpick, but how much of that 10k goes to electricity for the pipe organ, carpeting for the church study and coffee and creamer for your post service fellowship time? Is it "charity"?

Not that any of this is bad, of course--my church, for instance, hosts a heroin recovery group, and has a pantry for the community--but serving on the church budget committee and writing off a formidable tithe is a little different than, say, giving the homeless shelter a check for ten grand, wouldn't you agree?

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Mutt chimes in.

Mutt chimes in.

Toolsmith
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Funny... other charities

Funny... other charities waste lots of money, and never come in for shaming like that. Like flying celebrities and politicians in Gulfstream Jets, for example ;-)

And don't get me started on how much gets wasted in the government "charity" departments...

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When the Jews settled in the

When the Jews settled in the promised land there were ten separate tribes (families). Nine of them divided the land and the 10th was given the responsibility to adjudicate any disputes between the other nine who were to support the members of this tribe with the "tithe" or one tenth of produce of their lands. The tenth tribe became the promised lands enforcer of the laws laid down by God to Moses. Does the word government ring a bell?

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And just what version of the

And just what version of the Bible are you reading that only has 10 tribes. Jacob had 12 sons therefor 12 tribes.

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https://lifehopeandtruth.com

https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/12-tribes-of-israel/the-12-tribes-...

The Bible lists 12 sons of the patriarch Israel who each became the father of a tribe of the ancient nation of Israel. Here is a list of the 12 tribes of Israel from Genesis 49:
• Reuben.
• Simeon.
• Levi (this priestly tribe did not receive a territory, and sometimes is not listed when the tribe of Joseph is listed as two separate tribes).
• Judah.
• Zebulun.
• Issachar.
• Dan.
• Gad.
• Asher.
• Naphtali.
• Joseph (often listed as two tribes named for his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh).
• Benjamin.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ten-Lost-Tribes-of-Israel

Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, 10 of the original 12 Hebrew tribes, which, under the leadership of Joshua, took possession of Canaan, the Promised Land, after the death of Moses. They were named Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, and Zebulun—all sons or grandsons of Jacob. In 930 bc the 10 tribes formed the independent Kingdom of Israel in the north and the 2 other tribes, Judah and Benjamin, set up the Kingdom of Judah in the south. Following the conquest of the northern kingdom by the Assyrians in 721 bc, the 10 tribes were gradually assimilated by other peoples and thus disappeared from history. Nevertheless, a belief persisted that one day the Ten Lost Tribes would be found.

10 or 12 tribes: seems like one could spend hours trying to unravel the fable.

Try this on……

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_Nobel_laureates

The Nobel Prize is an annual, international prize first awarded in 1901 for achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. An associated prize in Economics has been awarded since 1969.[1] Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 881 individuals,[2] of whom 197 - 22.4% - were Jewish or people of Jewish descent,[Note 1] although Jews and people of Jewish descent comprise less than 0.2% of the world's population.[3

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Well, aside from the occasion

Well, Matt, aside from the occasion shift at the food pantry or homeless shelter, my wife and I for years have run recovery groups, and I deal with on a regular basis drug addicts, alcoholics and the occasional person with mental illness. Over the last few years, we've worked with about half a dozen couples who were dealing with marital issues, and we've worked to help them put their marriages back together when there didn't seem to be any hope. I also work with people who are dealing with grief - loss of a spouse or child, typically. I have training in crisis helpline, where I volunteered for several years, and have been trained in speaking to groups about certain types of family trauma, which I do, when the opportunity presents itself. That is in addition to thousands of dollars of direct support, and personal financial gifts to families in the community who are struggling to pay bills, buy fuel, or medical expenses.

In addition, my work leads me to many situations of individuals in financial distress, and the related stresses, and I take special time to help them cope with that.

But, enough about me, Matt. Perhaps you can tell me what you have been doing?

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