Christianity and Culture: Online Giving
This is why I give …
The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. Ephesians 4:28 HCSB
Look y’all, this scripture has a cause and effect conjunction clause right in the middle.
Work to make money…SO THAT you can give to those in need.
The Internet makes following this verse so easy with GOFUNDME and other organizations who take donations online. In case you were wondering…I only give to those connected with someone I know. And I only give to those in a real pinch. And we always discuss and pray before we give because it needs to be God moving us. Also we give anonymously to fulfill these words of Jesus…
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4 NLT
To let you in on our family giving strategy… we do not give our entire tithe to the local church, a portion goes into a special account at our bank, set aside especially to fulfill this verse. Maintaining a special account for this purpose leaves us ready to give at a moment’s notice. Of course we don’t just give to one organization, but GOFUNDME came through for us several years ago when we were in Cambodia, desperate for funds after my son’s motorcycle accident.
One last thing for you millennials who don’t go to church anymore, but still have strong faith. Just because you don’t drop your tithe in a collection plate, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be generous with your money. In fact, I am praying that you find your own personal way to show your love for Jesus with your salary. Use your imagination, and go forth…
Pictures: +Ready to transport our son after his motorcycle accident in Cambodia. (scary times), ++A closeup of a hay bale. Dale spend one summer stacking hay bales at my uncle’s ranch in Montana. +++Houston skyline through the windshield of the car. Perfect for representing wealth.
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