An Illustration of What Motivated the U.S. Christain Commission Delegates to Serve Among the Troops.
The Following bit of Rev. Mr Mingins' experience will show how [the U.S.C.C.] gained favor with the men in the ranks, for whom it was especially intended. The scene is at Yorktown ; the subject an Irishman:
"I've not got my descriptive list, and if a fellow's not got that, the Paymaster may come and go, and he's none the better off for it."
I enjoy handing out copies of the above incident to people who come to our tent as an excellent explanation of why the delegates invested their lives in ministering to the troops. Our nation's leaders sent "the boys" off to war with uniforms and weapons. The family members left behind realized their beloved menfolk needed more than just tools of war. The USCC Delegates volunteered to become a bridge between home and soldier. They volunteered to became God's hands, feet and voice to every soldier they met.
America was stronger as a nation when it believed that "charity" arises from the people, NOT the government. Mothers, wives, sisters spent hours sewing clothing to be given away to the men in hospitals who lay in torn blood-stained rags. Families sacrificially gave money to the USCC to buy food and material to be given away as reminders that the soldiers were not forgotten.
Today, we as a nation are being deceived into believing that "the government" will take care of the needs of those struggling in life. This is convenient in that it allows us to selfishly pursue our personal dreams, comfortable that we can hire others to do good and not be inconvenienced ourselves. The more socialistic we become, the less compassionate we become. The reality is, we CANNOT hire others to show compassion for us. We only cheapen ourselves in God's sight. Anything the government takes over becomes a means of enriching the connected at the cost of doing just "enough good" to be able to justify the administrative costs and pensions of the government workers.