Palin Gives In Public, Violating Entreaty of Gospels

March 7, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Why do so many who claim to be Christian behave in ways that contradict traditional Christian teachings?

In this latest example, Governor Sarah Palin together with evangelist Franklin Graham (of Samaritan’s Purse) showed up in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta complete with full press retinue to make sure that their very public act of giving to people in distress would be recorded and broadcast. True giving or PR stunt?

Here are some words from Matthew against which to judge her actions:

“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.

“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.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” – Matthew

Others chose the more noble route, and did their giving more discreetly.

This latest partnership was prompted by a letter from Nicholas Tucker of Emmonak, who alerted Alaska that some folks in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta faced the prospect of choosing between food and fuel this winter. Many Alaskans rose to the occasion. Donations came anonymously, without fanfare, from individuals and tribal, political, nonprofit and religious organizations to regional authorities like the Bethel-based Association of Village Council Presidents, who saw that aid got to the right people. At the request of Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, the BIA has discreetly provided a huge amount of assistance.

But Samaritan’s Purse chose a different path.   (Alan Boraas, Anchorage Daily News)

I’d encourage you to read this full coment here.

By all means do good deeds.  Give to those in need.  But do it for its own sake, not to feed your own ego, or improve your public image, or to make some cockamamie political point about state-faith partnerships in ill-conceived “faith-based initiatives.”


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