For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 2 Timothy 3:2 NLT.
It takes the right situation to reveal a person’s real character. –Sonya Johnson Ruiz
It has become evident that those who possess the love of money are becoming agitated over the restrictive measures that have been established to help contain the coronavirus. In Texas, our Lt. Governor Dan Patrick states, “That we should make a different trade-off between economic growth and public health than we have been making as we combat the coronavirus.” Notwithstanding, President Trump is hopeful that we can resume our normal activities by Easter, April 12th.
The latest coronavirus statistics indicate 436,420 Confirmed Cases and 19,638 Deaths from the COVID-19 virus.
Although we may judge individuals who openly proclaim their value of money over human life, many of us are guilty of traveling the same Road of Moral Bankruptcy. Let’s face it, most of us love Capitalism!
We have the freedom to pursue our dreams, to rise from rags to riches, and we knowingly purchase from companies who support abortion. Do we consider the working conditions of the individuals employed by companies who outsource? Probably not. Social Responsibility is proudly displayed on the website of many corporations that opportunistically employ individuals outside of the United States to work for pennies on the dollar.
Yes, I am a Social Activist, but first and foremost, I am a believer! We are created in the image of God and yet, even as believers we may not realize that we value money over humanity.
Are you traveling on the Road of Moral Bankruptcy?
Do you possess love as defined by God? But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 1 John 3:17.
There are two methods of communication: Verbal and Non-Verbal.
The individuals who openly verbalize that they value money over human life defend their positions and do not consider themselves to be morally bankrupt. They are criticized for being calloused and full of greed; even so, they do not attempt to hide their priorities, “Money matters” above all else. In fact, they try to convince others that the imposed restrictions to contain a morbid virus is having a domino effect by producing another dilemma involving money.
And that brings us to the quiet individuals, they have developed the skill of non-verbal communication. Often, this category of individuals are Believers who agree that these are devastating times, yet, they have not reached out to help anyone during this pandemic. Like the lawyer who tried to tempt Jesus (Luke 10:25-37), they also justify the hoarding of their money–it is for hard times. But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29.
We know who our neighbor is–everyone regardless of ethnicity, race, background, social or political status. There are men, women, and children who were living from paycheck to paycheck before this pandemic, consider their present situation. What about the Seniors and the disabled? They wait for a monthly check and may not have the necessary funds or the ability to drive to the store to purchase items before the shelves are emptied.
What does the bible say about helping others? Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17. God has placed us in the right place at the right time. During this crisis, we are called to represent Jesus, who was full of love and compassion.
The ambivalence to help others even existed with the disciples, As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Matthew 14:15. Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” Matthew 14:16
The Stimulus is an intervention by the government that may take up to two months to receive. Our spiritual responsibility is not dependent upon man’s government, we serve God who has given us specific guidelines on how we are to live: You give them something to eat.
We can still adhere to social distancing by utilizing alternative methods of supplying provisions to others. Purchase extra items of food, personal products, and toiletries to make Care Bags. In our community, we have three food pantries–wooden cabinets that can be filled with non-perishable food 24/7. Call the food pantries, the churches, the shelters, and utilize social media to donate necessities to those in need.
Recently, we posted in one of our FB groups, “Free, come and get it,” that we would like to donate food. One of the Pastors of a local church contacted us via Messenger that they were aware of a family in critical need. We adhered to the Social Distancing protocols by placing the bags on the porch for pick-up.
Our goal is to prepare for Eternal life by obeying the Word of God. It is only then that we can view life through spiritual eyes. If we really love God then we do not ignore the current crisis and do nothing. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
We are accountable for alleviating the suffering of others. Am I my brother’s keeper?
And they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’…Matthew 25:44-45
We can get off of the Road of Moral Bankruptcy by adhering to the Spiritual Hierarchy: Love God, Love Others, and Love yourself.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020