Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Stewardship

re-post

I believe there is an issue of stewardship here.

All that we have is a gift from God. We may enjoy our posessions, but we do need to give account to the Lord of how we have used them.

Carpet cleaning services are necessary to keep homes really clean, but they are very expensive. Replacing carpets costs even more. Having a shoes-off policy considerably reduces the need for maintaining carpets and other kinds of flooring. Therefore, as stewards of God's gifts, I would suggest that Christians ought to strongly consider the benefits of having a shoes-off policy in their homes.

Clean homes can also be more effectively used in the service of the Kingdom. Homes can be put to so many uses; entertaining visiting speakers, providing shelter for those who need it, hosting fellowship meetings (I think a good case can be made for holding all church meetings in homes) and Church lunches. Keeping homes shoe-free means that larger numbers of people can be accomdated at the home with minimal impact. It also makes the floor a safer place for small children and babies.

10 comments:

Shoeless Bob said...

Matthew...as you know my wife and I maintain a shoe free home and as such agree with your position on shoe removal. However if we were all to keep shoe free homes there would be much less need for carpet cleaners and how would the Good Lord feel about our taking away someones livelyhood?...make no mistake I am Catholic and attend Mass every Sunday, so I am not poking fun at anyone's religious beliefs....just musing about how that issue can be reconciled

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Let me hazard a guess that you are not a Republican voter.

I believe in free-market economics. Wealth is created by market forces.

When people are paid to do work that is inefficent, then the economy suffers, because no wealth is generated.

You really need to read 'The Wealth of Nations' by Adam Smith, the father of economic science. He identifies domestic servants (which would inclued caroter cleaners) as 'unproductive labourers'. This is because they do not contribute to the production of goods and thus create no wealth.

If all the carpet cleaners were out of a job because of people having a shoes-off rule (which actually would not happen, because not all dirt comes from shoes. A lot of dust was once your skin), then families would have more money in their pockets.

The money saved from not using carpet cleaners would be spent on other things, thus encouraging economic growth. With more economic growth, more jobs would be created, many of which would be taken by the out of work carpet cleaners.

The loss of jobs by inefficent sectors is a necessary part of a flexible labour force.

God Bless

Matthew

shoeless Bob said...

wonderful answer...I am most definately a Republican and belive in the free market system and your response is ecomomically spot on...my musing was how the Good Lord would feel...at least in the Catholic Church, he is portrayed to be a liberal democrat!!!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Oh good.

I think it is remarkably sad that the Roman Catholic hierarchy is so intent on promoting a Left-wing view of economics.

The strange thing about this is that many educated Catholics are very Right-wing in their outlook, yet still maintain their loyalty to the organisation.

Perhaps Right-wing Catholics appreciate the fact that generally theologians are ignorant about matters of economics. Being a PhD student in theology, I am trying to be an exception.

God Bless

Matthew

Shoeless Bob said...

Most Roman Catholics that I know are in agreement with the economic principals that you and I espouse to...as a Catholic I feel that the Church wants to cultivate an economic hold on the under-class much like the liberal Demorcates here in the US....however, as a life long Catholic I can not switch religious sects as the tenents of Catholism are too deeply rooted in my Beliefs... I do take every opportunity to discuss this point with Priests and Deacons who preach a liberal point of view...when we lived in Connecticut I was successful in organizing a number of parishioners to put less in the basket each week that the Homily was not to our liking....amazingly things changed...the pastor was not pleased but had no choice but to cut the liberal retoric

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Perhaps you need to re-evaluate your views on the church.

But you know where you are at better than I do.

God Bless

Matthew

shoeless Bob said...

My views on the hierarchy
Roman Catholic are rather negative for a variety of reasons, however my religious beliefs are deep seated and those I can not change.
Please understand, I in no way mean to imply that others who do not share my beliefs are any less worthy of attaining the Kingdom than I.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

You might be surpised how much peoples' beliefs can change.

Anyway, my prayers are with you. May you come to know more of God's truth.

God Bless

Matthew

shoeless Bob said...

someone sent me this and I though you would appreciate it...
THE LORD'S PRAYER

Rather cleverly done. This is in two parts, the prayer
( in blue type ) and GOD ( in red type ) in response.

It is very, very good.

*********

Our Father Who Art In Heaven.
Yes?
Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.
But -- you called ME!
Called you?
No, I didn't call you.
I'm praying.
Our Father who art in Heaven.
There -- you did it again!
Did what?
Called ME.
You said,
"Our Father who art in Heaven"
Well, here I am.
What's on your mind?
But I didn't mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.
I always say the Lord's Prayer.
It makes me feel good,
kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Well, all right.
Go on.
Okay, Hallowed be thy name .
Hold it right there.
What do you mean by that?
By what?
By "Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means . . good grief,
I don't know what it means.
How in the world should I know?
It's just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?
It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense.
I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before.
Thanks.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Doing? Why, nothing, I guess.

I just think it would be kind of neat if you got

control, of everything down here like you have up

there. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know;
but, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.
That isn't what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
You've really got a problem there, you know.
And then there's the way you spend your money --
all on yourself.
And what about the kind of books you read?
Now hold on just a minute!
Stop picking on me!
I'm just as good as some of the rest of those

People at church!

Excuse ME.
I thought you were praying
for my will to be d one.
If that is to happen,
it will have to start with the ones
who are praying for it.
Like you -- for example …
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups.
Now that you mention it,
I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven't thought about it very much until now,
but I really would like to cut out some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.
Good.
Now we're getting somewhere. We'll work together -- You and ME.
I'm proud of You.
Look, Lord, if you don't mind,
I need to finish up here.
This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread.
You're overweight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this?
Here I was doing my religious duty,
and all of a sudden you break in
and remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous thing.
You just might get what you ask for.
Remember,
you called ME -- and here I am.
It's too late to stop now.
Keep praying. (. . pause . . )
Well, go on.
I'm scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Try ME.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
What about Ann?
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories.
She never paid back the money she owes me.
I've sworn to get even with her!
But -- your prayer --
What about your prayer?
I didn't -- mean it.
Well, at least you're honest.
But, it's quite a load carrying around all that bitterness
and resentment isn't it?
Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her.
Boy, have I got some plans for her.
She'll wish she had never been born.
No, you won't feel any better.
You'll feel worse.
Revenge isn't sweet.
You know how unhappy you are --
Well, I can change that.
You can? How?
Forgive Ann.
Then, I'll forgive you;
And the hate and the sin,
will be Ann's problem -- not yours.
You will have settled the problem
as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you're right.
You always are.
And more than I want revenge,
I want to be right with You . . (sigh).
All right all right
I forgive her.
There now!
Wonderful!
How do you feel?
Hmmmm. Well, not bad.
Not bad at all!
In fact, I feel pretty great!
You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight.
I haven't been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know.
But, you're not through with your prayer are you? Go on.
Oh, all right.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I'll do that.
Just don't put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know.
Okay.
Go ahead. Finish your prayer.
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory forever.
Amen.
Do you know what would bring me glory --
What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know.
I want to please you now.
I've really made a mess of things.
I want to truly follow you.
I can see now how great that would be.
So, tell me . . .
How do I make you happy?
YOU just did.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yeah, I know that one.

I have seen it performed as a drama too.