“The Shirt Off My Back” by Doug Fincher

“Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.” Luke 6:30 

May 25, 2020 - While I was Pastor of Fletcher Emanuel Baptist Church in Lumberton, Texas, Church Member Gordon Reynolds and I often hunted and fished together. We squirrel hunted mostly along Village Creek and the Indian Reservation near Woodville, Texas. When Gordon stopped by the house one day, we got in a conversation about how stingy a certain local Store Owner was. Gordon was a giving person and at times liked to brag about it. “Doug, you know me,” he said. “I’d give you the shirt off my back.”  “I know,” I laughed, “but the one you’re wearing right now is my shirt!”  “Oh… yeah…,” he replied. “I’ve been wearing it since you left it in my boat.”

Americans are thinking politics again and since so many of us vote with our pocketbooks, the politicians are offering us “the shirts off their backs” for our vote. But we all need to remember: the shirts they have on their backs don’t belong to them.

They belong to us.