Sunday, December 7, 2008

Charity or Laziness?

Just what is charity?

And what is it really in this day and age?

I was brought up to believe that charity starts from within the heart and that, as the bible teaches, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

So what is going on with stuff like this?

Don't get me wrong. I think that what this guy has set up is great!

As described in the video, When you click on a retailer, one cent gets donated to a charity organization of your choice.

Great job! Someone else did the work and donating for you. You didn’t have to do anything but click a mouse. That’s not charity, that’s an easy way out so you don’t actually have to be charitable.

While I truly think that these links are very worthwhile and do a great deal of good, they rob each of us the chance to truly be charitable and give from the heart.

When we see the Salvation Army folks ringing their bells, do we now expect someone to put money in the buckets for us?

When we get dinner at a fast food restaurant, and see the jars collecting for the March of Dimes or Jerry’s Kids or a similar charity, do we tell the cashier to put their money in because we ate there?

Essentially, charity has now followed the trend of just about every other event we participate in. It allows and even encourages laziness.

Please do use GoodShearch and GoodShop so that money will be donated to worthwhile causes from their linked retailers. But, don’t stop there. Put the money in the jars and buckets. Find a charity to give to and sacrifice your money and time to give. Volunteer to help a charity or fill a community need.

Give something that costs YOU something. That is what truly charity is.

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