Every once in a while, when I have nothing better to do, I catch Bill O'Reilly on the Fox Cable News Channel. He is almost always entertaining even when he is over the top... but that is another story. Anyway, a couple of nights ago I heard him talking about "charity" and who gives what to charity. Quoting as his source a new book called, "Who Really Cares," by Syracuse University Professor Arthur Brooks, O'Reilly gleefully pointed out that "religious Americans who vote Republican are far more likely to be generous to the downtrodden than secular-progressives". Not to mention the differences between the amount given by the average American family versus families in more secular Europe. And the further fact that those Americans who give the most do not necessarily come from the wealthiest parts of the country.
O'Reilly then went on to talk about why this is the case and his conclusion is that conservatives are more likely to be devout Christians, Jews or Muslims, who are motivated to help the poor because of their religious beliefs. When compared with their more secular counterparts, religious people give four times as much money to charity every year and they are 23 times more likely to volunteer to help others. They are also not as likely to be crying for "income redistribution". He claims that those who favor government intervention and more socialistic control in order to help the poor give 75% less to charity then those who do not. And while secularists make lots of noise about "helping the poor" they like it best when someone else's money is being used!
Recently, I also saw a quotation reputedly from Napoleon which said: "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich". I have no way of knowing if Napoleon said such a thing but once again it underscores the difference religion, and I would want to say, Christianity, makes in one's life. We are living in a time when religion in general is being blamed for many things. Some of the blame is warranted. But that blame is always connected to various forms of false religion masquerading as the truth, including secularism which is deeply religious in its own perverted way. Biblical Christianity has a powerful effect on the lives of those who are living in submission to Jesus Christ. And once again at this Christmas season the world will reminded in many ways about the true King of kings and Prince of peace. Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone would listen?