I have to share something that unnerved me greatly. I saw this picture posted by someone on Facebook the other day and I have to say it offended me. I am not one to get easily offended so this is a curious case for me and I have to say something.
    I do not intend to sound like I know more then others or that my opinion is better. I am simply offering my viewpoint to such a rude image.
    I am indeed a Mormon. (Which is one of the organizations referred to in this picture.) However, I am not trying to backlash at people who do not believe in the same things I do. I am meirly trying to get people to understand the dynamics of that which they claim to know. Whether you are a Mormon, Catholic, Athiest, or any other form of belief, these simple rules still apply.

    Such images like this are a true testament to the ignorance of those that make them. They take one simple aspect of something they do not agree with and try to blow it up to outrageous proportions. In this image they make light of the decorations and splendor these organizations use to show their own devotions to God, and assume that these organizations do nothing is the way of helping people. As stated before, this is true ignorance. "The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian." (Mormon.org) That is over $37 Million dollars a year that goes to helping others all around the world. I also know that the Catholics give a substantial amount in way of charity. And these numbers do not include things such as time involved in distributing welfare, people who volunteer their time without compensation, or other factors that can not be simply wrote down on a piece of paper. This image is ignorance at it's purest.
    It is very very true that some organizations have not only used God as a means to get rich (Such as the televangelist picture shown), but have even perverted his message for there own gain. This is why you must look deeper then just appearances. If it were that easy then I would assumed every beggar, middle class, or hell, anyone who doesn't wear Armani suits would go straight to Heaven, but that's not how it works, is it? Just look at Charles Manson. The evidence is in their actions. The Mormon and Catholic churches do more for humanitarian aid then any other organizations. Which is good. It is said that those blessed with money should in turn bless others. Which, In this case, they do. This is not to say they don't have their faults, because they do. ( Even if lead by God, man still has the options to screw things up.) So the question is: are the makers of this image assuming that just because these organizations worship God with slender (Just as they did in biblical times) that makes them bad people or that they are doing something wrong? Indeed, I think those that try to tell others how to worship are the ones at fault.
    As I said before, I am not trying to get people to change their beliefs. If you think they should spend more money then they already do on humanitarian aid, then that's fine, but keep it to yourself. Or if you can't do that at least educate yourself so you know what you are talking about.

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