The training centre was getting a bit ragged around the edges. The boiler was getting old and was struggling to heat the entire building. The building itself was a huge old house that was once kept warm by having many open fires that were tended to by servants who carried buckets of coal all over the house. No paid servants now, just volunteers. Anyway, how could you have an open fire in a room used by guests who had no experience of tending such a fire? That was why they had started depending on the central heating that was run by the old boiler.
They knew God would provide. He always had but as the economic climate worsened the pipelines he used to supply them had become narrower or even totally blocked. Some supporters had had severe drops in income so had less to spare. All had experienced increased living costs with the price of eating and keeping warm going up and up and up. So they had less to give.
What’s worse was that people’s needs had gone up. More food banks had been set up to feed those who were struggling to feed themselves. Often people who had lost what money they had were left struggling to cope with their new reality. Many charities were struggling to meet the needs of their clients as their costs had gone up and donations had gone down. With some failing and others merging to try and keep costs to a minimum.
God has always given his people strategies to use to help them cope with whatever was going on around them. It seems as though He needs to find ways of setting up some new pipelines to direct finances to the places where He wants them to go.
The strange thing is that God has set various mechanisms in place to circulate money. He has over the centuries taught some of his people how to use those mechanisms. Trading goods and services is just one of those basic mechanisms. Growing crops and producing products that people need to make their lives comfortable are all mechanisms that God has put in place. Of course, in addition to circulating money, they also make sure the needs of people are met.
Listen to some people and you would think that capitalism is the enemy. If it was the enemy why was Jesus so involved in the business world as a young man. If business was the enemy why does the Bible contain so much good advice for those conducting business? Strange thing is that look at the principles and ideas for good practice taught to business people and you discover many of them are very closely related to biblical principles.
A cynic like me would say well of course public opinion led by the press is going to be against business if it is something that God approves of and wants to see more of. After all they seem to be against so many of the other things that the church things are right and proper in society so why not this. In other words because the world seems to be turning against it could actually be proof that God is for it and wants to use it to improve people’s lives.
Creating new supply lines
If capitalism is a mechanism that God has used in the past to supply his people what are they doing today to use that mechanism. What are they doing to set up new supply lines? Have they even thought about doing this? Do they have an idea what is involved in creating new supply lines? Do they even have any idea how to use this mechanism?
Yes they know how to ask for donations and chase after grants but have they even thought about developing a business and getting involved in trading. Or even thought about the idea that if they helped people to learn to make more money then they would have more money to give. They get the idea about helping people find a job but where are the jobs going to come from? How about encouraging those who are able to set up a business that could provide jobs? It somehow just does not seem to have dawned on people how that kind of encouragement could help both those looking for donations and those looking for jobs.