Monday, April 20, 2009

Dangerous Giving

"Giving is a dangerous thing because, as Robert Lupton puts it, 'Receiving is a humbling matter. It implies neediness. It categorizes one as being worse off than the giver.' Therefore, we must be careful how we give. Giving should affirm and not dehumanize. We give because God gave to us. We should be humbled by our opportunities to give. A gift is something that you value yourself, something that you would want to receive yourself."
- John M. Perkins in Beyond Charity
Do we give gifts or do we donate leftovers?
Do we affirm or dehumanize?
Do we humbly give or proudly donate?
Are we Christians or charity workers?

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