Church of Aid

25 Jan

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13 Responses to “Church of Aid”

  1. Texas in Africa 25 January, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    This is so good that I’m going to forgive you for using it’s when you meant its. :)

    • J. 25 January, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      it’s been revised… ;)

  2. Carol 25 January, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Don’t even know what to say. Inspires some soul-searching, and is beautifully written on top of that. Great post.

  3. angelica 27 January, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    wow, I’m speechless, and you KNOW that never happens. bravo!

  4. G.Gaston 2 February, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I applaud the author for the extended simile. I personally have never thought of aid in this sense, and this blog post has certainly helped my perception of aid. I do believe that a lot of countries and their people need aid, if nothing more than to raise the standard of living. And just like faith it drives people to want better for their fellow man. However, unlike faith, aid is often laced with politics and the situation becomes less innocent than intended.

    • Martha Cook 7 February, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      >>However, unlike faith, aid is often laced with politics and the situation becomes less innocent than intended.>>

      But the thing is, that’s why this post is so great. Religion is RIFE with politics. And not just historically when they were unabashedly the same thing. But now. Everywhere. Including Iran and the US.

    • J. 7 February, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      You know, I’m going to go ahead and agree with Martha on this one. Among other things, it was the fact that aid – very much like religion – is so very susceptible to being manipulated, mishandled and tainted by politics which led me to write this post in the first place.

  5. LEL0001 3 February, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    I really enjoyed this simile. The church is all of this to people. I aggree that aid is a religion. I agree because aid gives people hope, It brings people together, and at the same time aid can be a blessing when it succeeds and a curse when it fails. AId just like a religion or a curse can also make promises it never keeps.

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