#Notes2Self …

On Hurricane Harvey, Texas, Pastor Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, Corporate Social Responsibility and Christianity

It’s a tough one…

I have a few Pastors I listen to on LoopTube which plays one message or Sermon right after the other so I don’t have to search for their sermons etc

Joel Osteen is one…

I can get a quick positive message in 30 Minutes…

So I am going to try to be objective here as opposed to merely posting News on my Facebook page …

I like to Post News Media & Articles that Interest and Educate me and that Stir up Conversations irrespective of my Views and Stance …

We need to Learn and / or Relearn #How to Have Debates and Conversations without being Judgmental, Nasty, Abusive, Defensive, Confrontational or Overly Emotional …

Here in the UK some NonChristians and Christians alike took in refugees from other countries into their homes recently…

I did not…

Its so so easy to Point Fingers at Joel…

It would be hard for me to have a perfect stranger in my home…

if I had a separate building or guest house I may or may not…

Who Knows…

In 2005, My Brother Dami, (Yes I know, I call everyone my brothers and sisters but Dami is /was My Father ‘s Only Son and from a Prior Relationship. He is / was My Blood Brother ) took in a new housemate here in UK who contributed to rent on the recommendation on the Young Man’s mother, a fellow church member who did not disclose her son’s full history…

In less than 6 weeks, one day after returning home from a church service my Brother got into an argument because the young man had taken my Brother’s Architectural Pen and stabbed it into a tube of lubricant …

He Stabbed my brother Multiple times killing him before help arrived …

He said it was self defence at first but had a graze of his hand. He later pleaded insanity and was put in a secure psychiatric prison…

It turned out the young man had a violent past and also took drugs …

His mum had not bothered to mention this to my brother… Perhaps she thought her young son would be no match for my tall muscular brother, who knows maybe she should have been considered culpable…

In the early ‘90s , our neighbour’s House help got our Underaged House help Pregnant in our home…

People take in strangers all the time and there is no Major drama…

People also take in strangers and they may steal, molest or rape etc… or as in my brother’s case a stranger can kill you but then so also can a family member or friend…

Personally, I have benefitted Countless Times from help rendered by Charitable Strangers

I can’t speak for Pastor Joel but one reason may be that as Christians, Corporations both For Profit and Non – Profits, Charities etc we like to create these fancy, beautiful, cathedrals and MegaStructures with #hightech #equipment and #expensive #furniture and #fittings …

There is Nothing wrong with that…

Hopefully as we are constructing these mammoth, Precious, Homages we are also Giving Back to our Community Abundantly and impacting the lives of people regardless of their Faith and Ethnicity…

One disadvantage of Our Precious Gadgets and Material Possessions is we may also think twice before letting people access our property talk less of sleeping rough in these spaces ..,

The Bible says in Matthew Chapter 6:

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Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal

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But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal

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For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.

Thinking of potential theft or disrepair to our expensive facilities over the lives of our fellow humans is Highly Questionable…

So it could be argued that as human beings we are selfish …

Perhaps We are all selfish …

But if I as a Christian will not open my personal space to perfect strangers because of Fear or Suspicion…

Surely It is judgemental of me to criticise Pastor Osteen as to why it took him time to open up his MegaChurch…

What may be a solution going forward…

Organisations of all types need to consider all scenarios and as they are building these Glorious Edifices also build Halls on the Site that can cater to people in need, fitted with conveniences for showers, eating etc

They should be devoid of carpets et al and be easy to clean and set up as Shelters or Safe Houses, Food Banks, Leisure Spaces and Multi-Purpose Halls where the greater community at large can come in to meet, eat, socialise or use as places of refuge in times of need…

And yes they should also have security so that the more vulnerable in our society are protected…

On a personal and individual level, it would be great to contribute both Financially and of our Time to safe houses, shelters and communal spaces in our communities that can act as havens either short term or longterm for Everyone as required…

For over the course of our lifetime we will all experience challenges of one kind of another…

No one is immune…

I really don’t have all the answers but I know that we can all contribute to making the world a better place like the Good Samaritan mentioned in the Bible.

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