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Friday, May 16, 2008

Are Christians Haters or Hated?

Are Christians Haters or Hated?

I hear it so often. “You Christians are a bunch of haters. You are narrow minded and don’t care about anybody but yourselves. You think you’re better than everybody else.”

Oh really? Then explain this recent study.

In this article entitled RELIGIOUS AMERICANS ARE GENEROUS, it states that the Hudson Institute conducted a recent study on charitable giving to poor countries by Americans. It found that American private giving to poor countries overseas was 34.8 billion dollars in 2006.

Depending on which survey you read, 78 – 83 % of Americans consider themselves to be Christian.

So are the unbelievers going to sit there and say that the 17-22% of American who are not Christian the ones who gave all the $34.8 billion to overseas charities?

And in addition to private givings, Organized Religious organizations gave $8.8 billion.

What percentage of the $34.8 billion came from Atheist and Agnostic charities? (If there is such a thing.)

Here is an excerpt from the study itself, on page 40, MISSION TO DO GOOD

About 57 percent of congregations report
some financial donations to U.S.-based organizations that
contribute to relief and development in foreign countries,
with an average contribution in 2006 of $10,700 for all

About 33 percent of congregations made financial donations
directly to programs in developing countries to assist in
disaster relief, housing, food or clothing, schools, orphanages,
and development projects. The average contribution was
about $34,354 and the median amount $2,287. In addition, 37
percent of congregations contributed through support of
short-term mission and service trips in 2006 (one to four
weeks or for the summer). In these congregations, the average
number of people who went on such trips was 12 and the
median was four. Of the congregations sponsoring such trips,
approximately 71 percent provided some financial support for
the trips, with the average congregation that provided support
reporting $5,293 for international relief and development and
the median congregation providing $1,600. These amounts
specifically excluded any time and resources for evangelism.
For these short-term trips, congregational support was for
items such as airfare and supplies. Notre Dame also collected
information on longer-term mission trips, conducted by 51
percent of congregations. For this category, participating
congregations reported an average of $6,327 for relief and
development, and a median of $1,777. Support might involve
airfare, supplies, defraying some or all of an employee’s salary,
or housing support, among other things.

My church has sponsored many mission trips to help others in need. I know of one trip where about 8 men spent their own money to fly to the other side of the world to the predominantly Muslim country of Kosova to help rebuild a public park in a war-torn city that had nothing to offer families or children in the way of public recreation. They spent two weeks there ,replacing park benches, moving dirt, planting flowers, putting up playground equipment, etc. for the purpose of showing the people the love of Christ. (see the following about the Kosova trip):

When God's Got Your Back

Kosova Trip Report

Kosova Trip Report #2

Kosova Trip Report Final (with video)

Christians arent’ haters. Christians are hated.

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.” Matthew 24:9

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18

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At 9:05 AM, Blogger Neil said...

Yes, studies show that conservatives / believers give more money, time and even blood. (Liberals tend to unwittingly define charity as giving away someone else's money, because God didn't distribute it properly the first time.)

It is tempting to be proud over that, but I try to remember to be joyful and remember that it is only the work of Christ that gives me a spirit of true generosity.

I do find it ironic that the "New Atheists" hate God and religion so much and why they focus so much on Christianity. What are they afraid of, that we'll build a hospital for them?

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Marshall Art said...

In addition, Arthur C. Brooks did a study that showed that not only do Christian conservatives give more, they also give more to secular causes. This is important to note since the first argument is that giving to one's church doesn't count. But in every aspect, in every way one can look at the issue, CC's give more money, time and sweat on average than any other group.

To what the detractors are likely referring is our dedication to the Word of God over our own desires. When we express our understanding of God's Word and Will for us, they take it as being overbearing butt-inskies instead of fellow humans concerned for their souls.

That being said, one must remember that their are the overzealous who are indeed butt-inskies. They get all the press.


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