When Your Church Says “NO”

…let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Several years ago the Herald of Truth program ran a series of lessons on, What Do You Do When Your Church Leaves You?  The church is always supposed to be there!  Your church should never leave you hanging – financial troubles, sickness, death, hardships – you name it. Obviously, a church cannot solve all problems. And, any church has limitations financially as far as they can help.

At our last elders/deacons meeting we were discussing the rise in benevolence needs the past 2-3 years.  One of the comments was that we have never failed to meet a real, genuine need.

During VBS a lady saw the cars and stopped and asked for help.  He daughter’s car had broken an axle in Big Rapids.  She had to go and rescue her and her gas tank was empty.  As I questioned her and tested to see if the need was real I asked if she went to church anywhere. Her answer was, Yes, every Sunday.  Then she added, They won’t help.  She needed about $40 to get to Big Rapids and back. She promised to bring the money back on Wednesday when she got paid.  I gave her the $40… she didn’t come back…  But, I believed her when she said she had asked her church. Their budget for such was spent.  But, I can’t help but believe her church could not come up with $40.   And, I wonder, Why go to a church which won’t help you?

I had another situation where someone needed help with a housing problem.  Again, I asked the question, Isn’t your church going to help?  The answer again was – No.  Again I wonder, Why go to a church which won’t help you? We helped.

Galatians 6:10: …let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  There are no doubt situations when we will not be able to help and we do have a benevolence budget.  But, I hope as long as we are able we never have to tell anyone – NO, especially to those who are of the household of faith.