Words from the Heart for Monday December 19th, 2016
“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
Luke 3:11 (NIV)
Sharing with Others
True repentance and faith is marked by a love for others and their well-being. Are you aware of someone in need this season? How might you help them in their time of need?
Sharing passwords with your friends and family to access streaming sites like Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime could be a federal crime in the United States, according to a recent court ruling. Last July the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that sharing passwords is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a so-called “anti-hacking” law. However, the heads of major streaming companies have viewed the sharing of passwords among family and friends as a marketing tool to increase viewership. Canada has similar legislation designed to address unauthorized access to these kinds of sites. University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist, a prominent online law expert, people aren’t likely going to jail or even receive a fine for sharing a password. He said that the one-off sharing of passwords likely isn’t a copyright infringement concern.
As I prepare today’s Words from the Heart I am messaging with our partner in the Philippines. She is sending me pictures of the homes of some of our volunteers. These bamboo houses were destroyed in a recent typhoon. They have so little and what they have is so easily taken from them. How do we as brothers and sisters in Christ respond to this kind of thing? The Bible is very clear. John the Baptist, in speaking to his followers, says this in Luke 3:11: “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” We have so much in Canada. Just a few months ago the World Bank announced that Canada’s middle class is the wealthiest in the world. How do we respond to such news? First, it ought to drive us to our knees in prayer, offering thanks to God for His rich provision. Then it ought to get us back on our feet so we can go and help those who have so little. Our closets are filled with clothes that we never wear. Who can you give something to that will be a blessing to them today? When was the last time you took some food to your local food bank? You probably have some things in the pantry that you can afford to give to someone else. We are commanded to do so.
These have been words from the heart.