As James rightly notes-
Whoever acts without mercy will be judged without mercy but mercy can afford to laugh at judgement. How does it help, my brothers, when someone who has never done a single good act claims to have faith? Will that faith bring salvation? If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on, and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,’ without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that? In the same way faith, if good deeds do not go with it, is quite dead (Jam 2:13-17 NJB).
Benevolent charity has long been a cornerstone of conservative social policy, whether in the form of a religious group organizing large-scale relief programs or a quiet donor giving a helping hand to an individual man or woman. But how well conservative politicians might practice what they preach varies dramatically. Rick Perry has had steady work as a politician since the mid-1980s, and his income increased dramatically when he became governor of Texas in 2000. Between 2000 and 2009, he has earned $2.68 million, according to the Houston Chronicle. That’s a lot of means and opportunity to give back to all those who have lost their jobs, suffered through a harrowing addiction or endured a housing foreclosure.
That’s a lot of money. But Perry’s not much of a giver, and he’s absolutely no Tither!
A review of his tax records from the mid-1990s through 2009 show the governor has contributed very little to charity. When he has, Perry has given mainly to charities connected to his family, and even then, his donations have sometimes been slight. An analysis by the San Antonio Express-News in mid-June reported that of his $2.68 million, Perry “gave half a percent to churches and religious organizations, or $14,243.”
But, bless him, he’s just too poor to give more than he does…
When asked about the governor’s contributions, a senior Perry adviser told The Huffington Post that Perry is not wealthy and never has been.
In 10 years he earned more than 2.5 million and he’s not rich???? Anyone who earns more than a quarter of a million a year is rich in my book. Probably in yours too.
But that’s how it goes. We ALL know that the wealthier a person is, the less of a percentage of their income is given to charities and churches.
Still, faith without works is, well, dead.