Often during the Christmas season (we have been using the term “Advent” on this blog) people feel a genuine desire to give more. From a secular standpoint, the point of Christmas is to be kinder, gentler, peaceful, and, of course, more generous. In the same way, some Christians reduce Christmas to set of principles and morals to heed. It is important to give. As Randy Alcorn has said, “The only antidote to materialism is giving.” If you want to avoid the plague of accumulation and the desire for stuff, give. Jesus even said, “It is more blessed to give than to … Continue reading Why Should I Be Generous?
In my last post, I talked about taking Jesus literally when he tells us to sell everything and give to the poor. One frustration that I have with the Christian American Dream is that sometimes we are urged, albeit unknowingly, to “hide behind your giving.” Let me explain: Some people think that giving lots of money excuses them from actively engaging in God’s mission. I know that my heart can be susceptible to this. Americanized Christianity tells us that if we write a check every other week, then we are the senders, we are the givers, we are the ones … Continue reading Don’t Hide Behind Your Giving
A week ago I emailed my wife at work after I read a passage from the book of Luke. Here’s what I read: Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (12:33-34). And here’s what I wrote: I don’t want to be one of those guys who meets Jesus face-to-face and says, “I thought that was a metaphor.” Carly and I have … Continue reading Where We’ve Been Swimming Lately
If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them…Sometimes our pride also hinders our charity; we are tempted to spend more than we ought on the showy forms of generosity (tipping, hospitality) and less than we ought on those who really need our help. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Continue reading Oh to be a Giver Like This