LETTER TO EDITOR: Our responsibility is to our neighbor
Tax season is upon us. We now examine this tax system which now gives us such great deductions, even more than last year, that we don’t need to claim other deductions which would go to charity.
As a result, charitable organizations have reported suffering. This result of not having to report them as a deduction entices people to limit their giving to charity!
Take heed, Evangelicals, mainline Christians and conservatives: Not too long ago, in our church readings, we were lulled by Mary’s song in St. Luke, called ‘The Magnificat.” Here, we Christians were reminded historically of God’s presence and power in this world of ours.
Luke 1:51-53: “He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.”
When we consider ourselves more than our neighbor in order to gain a monetary benefit, it smacks of our selfishness. In this nation, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Statiscally, there is a greater disparity between the rich and the poor.
This very line from May’s song speaks loud and clear: “And the rich He will send away empty.”
In Scripture, God is always on the side of the poor and our responsibility is to our neighbor!