“Without judgment there cannot be accountability, and without accountability, oppression and injustice reign.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Altruism, the teaching that people practice an unselfish concern for the welfare of others, has its origin in philosophy, not Scripture. The French philosopher Rousseau argued that because men fight, there are only two ways to maintain order: isolation and altruism. Place a man in an uninhabited part of the world and he does not abuse others simply because there are no others to abuse. If, however, people are to live in community, you must divide the common good among the common people in order to avoid conflict. To do this, you must teach them to be altruistic.
The philosopher, without any commitment to the supernatural, must argue that self-interest can be checked by educating people so that they believe that what is good for the whole is ultimately in the individual’s best interest. From this flows his benevolence. The follower of Christ understands that commitment to others is a postponed commitment to self. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”152
You determine your inheritance in heaven by freely giving of yourself for the welfare of others. Ultimately, focusing on the eternal is the only way you can practice altruism in the temporal. Jim Elliott, the martyred missionary, said it succinctly; “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
152 Matthew 6:19-20
Judges 4-6 Luke 4:31-44 (New King James Version)
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