It is a state which Tim and I frequent frequently.
Why, you ask? Hint: not for the drug abuse.
We like to visit them when we get a chance, plus we love exchanging the city for the mountains for a bit. Nice place, this Kentucky.
In reality? It’s been the War On Poverty’s target for over fifty years.
I’ve been pondering lately a Biblical model of charity (a good thing to do when one plans to open a non-profit thrift store for charitable purposes). We all know we should care for the poor and needy. But how? From my brief brush with Kentucky culture, I’m more and more convinced that government handouts are not the answer…nor well-meant Christian handouts, neither.
“Go and make disciples” might be a better motto–as Peter puts it, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee.” Life after death, hope amid suffering, the exceeding riches of grace showered on destitute, depraved men…served up with a side of job skills, some money-management training, and maybe a work ethic course or two with a cup of cold water in Christ’s name thrown in to boot.
What do you think? Should I start carrying bottled water in my car instead of loose change for the woman on the corner of Staples Mill and Glenside? Should I (gasp) pull over and talk awhile, ask her story? Tell her mine? Find out what she’s good at? Offer her a couple hours work in exchange for a gift card to Kroger?
How do you practice charity?