Working off my friend Billy Zurcher’s words, I am adding to them. What he said just made me stop and think about things and this is what I came up with. Here are his comments:
“All of you offering to pray for me. While I appreciate the sentiment behind it, don't bother. Use that energy for something good. Get up off your knees and onto your feet and actually do something tangible to help people. There are hundreds of people near any one of you that needs help in some way. Whether it is cutting someone's grass, helping them buy a few groceries, buying a homeless person a meal, even just talking to the elderly or shut in person. It's really easy and it doesn't take much effort. It doesn't cost a lot of money, if any. Use your brains and some common sense.
I am so damn tired of pseudo Christians offering their prayers and nothing else. If you believe in true Christianity, quit you damn squawking and take action. Everyone is a good Christian on Sunday morning, but most do absolutely nothing to actually help the people that they are praying for. Most of you are just a HUGE bunch of damn HYPOCRITES!! I say most because I do know that there are still a few good people in the church. However, ACTIONS speak much louder than WORDS. Show the people that you mean what you say.
You really want to help me? Save your prayers and actually come help me. That’s really easy. My house is sinking. The roof is leaking and needs some repairs. The yard needs some work. I have broken limbs in a tree that have been there since the ice storm year before last. My truck needs some serious work. And a whole list of other shit. Don't tell me how much you love me and that you will pray for me. Show me.
If you get the butt-hurt as they are calling it now, feel free to unfriend me on Facebook and forget you ever knew me. No love will be lost because there wasn't any there to start with.”
My friend Billy is quite expressive. That being said, allow me to add; being a Christian is not about praying for someone, quoting Scripture, going to church every week, or hollering “Praise Jesus” every time something good happens. That is not how you show people you’re a Christian. You show by your actions. After all, less we forget, Satan can quote Scripture, too. He can even tell you the page number, paragraph and line number of a quote and, he believes in God, as well.
My husband and I have done countless things for people without ever once asking for something in return. When asked, “How do we repay you?” we always respond, “Spread the kindness, do something nice for someone else.”
We firmly believe that God puts people in our paths for a reason and we may never know what that reason is; we can guess, but we won’t always know. Sometimes it is to make us stronger, sometimes to teach us a lesson, or sometimes it’s to do for each other. Christ tells us he will come to us in some form and on Judgement Day, if we denied him, he will ask us why.
My husband and I do for others because it’s in our hearts to do so. A real Christian will show God they are His child by what they do, not by what they say – our fellow man will see and know. So just when you think I am not a Christian, remember this: God is the only one I need to impress.
“I came to you when I was hungry and you fed me, I came to you homeless, and you sheltered me, I came to you shoeless and you shod me …” He will come to us but will you answer His call?