Charity Begins At Home But….



An article appearing in today’ s Californian underscores why an up-to-date traffic study must be completed by Cornerstone, followed by real mitigation, such as traffic lights and widened streets with turn pockets.

Truck after truck pulled into the parking lot Monday at Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar. As each approached, it stopped and a head poked out from the driver’s seat to ask Tonja Medbery where to park.

“You’re Fallbrook right?” she asked, pointing the driver to a loading spot to the left of a truck coming from Hemet.

Monday was the culmination of a year’s work as Medbery, a Murrieta resident, collected the final donations for this year’s Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, a 16-year-old effort by the international Christian community to fill shoe boxes with presents for children in as many as 130 countries.” 

It is the very nature of a church like Cornerstone to become involved in large charity programs, originated by some other distant organization, many of which are laudable.  In this case, we have a woman from Murrieta  who is directing trucks from Fallbrook and Hemet for “stuff” going to other countries.  

All of these people’s charitable urges benefit  the residents of Wildomar how? 

Cornerstone members should understand that their version of Christian generosity should not be to the detriment of those of us who do not desire to join in Cornerstone’s particular charity events.

That doesn’t make us bad people.

Many of us have our own charitable efforts that are  sufficiently private that they actually conform to scripture about charitable giving. Matthew 6:3 says,  “when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” An argument for personal, not institutional charity? (Editor’s note; Zak quoting scripture is truly unfair).

One more word about “motivations,” spoken by the frank Murrieta woman herself. “So (the giving is) done by their churches, their schools and they can build their following.”

Well said.


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