Refuse to be Passive

Rethinking Charity

In Life in General on November 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

It seems like you can’t turn around these days without another charity soliciting funds from you.  There always seem to be fundraisers and speakers telling us to give sacrificially. But to what end? On the whole North Americans seems to be happy in their little bubbles, not wanting to get involved in the messiness of the world. And when they do acknowledge it, they throw money at it, or guiltily ignore it– often citing that they’ve given elsewhere. But if there are so many charities doing good work in this world, why is it still in such a mess? Clearly the current system isn’t working very well if new charities are popping up everyday. People, we live in a seriously messed up world, and until we acknowledge that and take action, rooted in something deeper than ourselves, this mess will only get worse. We need to give not only of our cash, but our time. Something we tend to hoard even more than our cash (which is hard to believe is possible). Part of me honestly wants to write off charities all together and go back to the drawing board.  I mean, yes, I’ve heard success stories. But shouldn’t there be many more of them? Why are there still people begging on every street corner in the downtown core. Morally and ethically, our society needs a make-over, and not a superficial one, but a deeper one. It’s easy to say no when it’s a faceless mass you’re asked to help out. But what if it was your sister or brother, a friend who hit hard times. Get to know the person and they become human to you, and much harder to say no to. Quit chucking money at charities and saying that you’ve done you’re part. Get involved, get dirty. It’s what Christ did, and look at how effective he was. It’s not a wonder that when asked what the greatest commandement is he answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And the second is like it, “Love your neighbour as yourself.

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