Bible has home truths about helping those in need
THE saying “charity begins at home” was used recently in a letter from Margaret Bell which received texts from people who agreed our government should cut foreign aid and concentrate on helping people at “home”.
This interpretation of the old saying implies it is not possible to provide assistance to those in need both in Australia and overseas, and that a choice needs to be made.
Another interpretation is that char- ity, like other values is one first learned in the home.
A dictionary definition for “charity” is: “kindly generosity and helpfulness, especially aid given to those in need”, with the word being derived from the Latin “caritas” or Christian love.
It is sad that as a nation with so much to share we are prepared to close our hearts and borders to brave people seeking asylum.
Our government chose to detain people on Manus Island and Nauru, and if they suffered harm while there it is only right that they be compensated.
Rather than turning people back to harm and denying them their legal right to seek asylum, we must create a process that allows each person’s case to be fairly examined.
We must insist our government treat people who seek asylum in our country the way we ourselves would want to be treated if we ever found our- selves forced to leave our homes to seek safety in another country.
Margaret suggests our politicians go home and love their own family as a way of changing the world. Perhaps they, together with Margaret and those who support her views, could also make time to read the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story told by Jesus in Luke 10, 25- 37. JENNY BROWN, Douglas.