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Dear Read­ers,

I am home­less. Didn’t in­tend to be home­less. In fact I tried my best not to be home­less. it’s amaz­ing what hap­pens to your life when you’re dealt a bad hand. Gen­er­ally when­ever you’re fall­ing on your luck it’s good to have fam­ily that can rally around you and help you out. But don’t you dare try to bother the Church about your prob­lems. Be­cause they just don’t care.

A case in point, and I know this from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I had at­tended one of the largest churches in The Wood­lands. when I went in the hos­pi­tal in Septem­ber for eight days Not only was I never called to see how I was do­ing but no one vis­ited from my church with the ex­cep­tion of my then spouse. I’m not the rich­est guy, not even close, so maybe the ‘church lead­ers’ fig­ured well you know he doesn’t own a big house, he doesn’t drive a fancy car, and doesn’t have a cool ti­tle with a re­ally big com­pany. I guess I’m not the de­mo­graphic the lead pas­tor is try­ing to court for his church. So af­ter be­ing on his stand­ing or­der for cof­fee for about 4 or 5 years I said you know don’t worry about it let’s just know that we’re never go­ing to have cof­fee and just call it a day and go our sep­a­rate ways I guess that hit home be­cause he never spoke to me since. I also have a huge red flag that flies when­ever I hear a church preach­ing Malachi 3:10 twist­ing scrip­ture to lead their mem­bers into giv­ing money to God. Which means giv­ing it to them (the church lead­ers). Can you imag­ine Je­sus with the Rich Young Ruler and the Rich Young Ruler wanted to know how to have eter­nal life in Je­sus told him take all you pos­sess sell it give it to the poor then come fol­low me. To­day’s teach­ers, and I can name some Churches, would have told the Rich Young Ruler take what you have sell it and then give ev­ery­thing to us af­ter all you don’t want to rip off God right? The tithing per­ver­sion con­tin­ues ever since the year 777 when the New Tes­ta­ment Church run them­selves as a not-for­profit “char­ity” but when the poor turn to them and ask them for help whether it be for food or for shel­ter or even for gas money they will re­fer you to other agen­cies be­cause they just don’t do that sort of thing. Isn’t it sad. The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Je­sus Christ shirk­ing her re­spon­si­bil­ity to the poor and needy. the wealth­ier churches of to­day don’t re­ally care about the poor they just they just care about the bot­tom line. Big­ger build­ings, bet­ter pro­grams, more staff. Oh, the poor and go get food stamps and other gov­ernemnt as­sis­tance. Rich churches are prob­a­bly the stingi­est churches when it comes to help­ing the poor how­ever or­ga­ni­za­tions are pa­thetic. In or­ga­nized re­li­gion is the most pa­thetic of them all. The poor in­di­vid­ual is more gen­er­ous than all churches com­bined

Ken Petty

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