"The data shows, among other things, that one out of five U.S. Christians gives no money to charity or that nearly three-quarters give less than 2 percent of their income."
As a result, we're not trustworthy in the eyes of the world nor are we the salt our community needs.
"Sylvia Ronsvalle of EmptyTomb.org, [says] the church did not offer a positive alternative to the rampant consumerism in the affluent post-World War II society."
We do a good job bringing more cases of water than we need to towns after storms but our community's greatest tragedies exist year round, independent of natural disaster. The early church models collective and connected giving, "All the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need." Acts 2:44, 45
A few us are adjusting our respective lives in order to give together on a recurring basis. We're coming together and giving new gifts to the people we love and projects we believe in. We call these groups Giving Circles, and envision the impact of 1 million more Giving Circles in communities everywhere.
This vision of 1 million Giving Circles is about transformation and liberation. We believe giving money can transform the life of one who receives but, more importantly, giving money liberates the heart and mind of the one who gives. I agree with this absurd notion, "It's better to give than receive."
It's better because giving frees one from the master of mammon.
In a recent book titled, Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money, the data lead authors to conclude, “It would appear that American Christians have much soul searching to do about the question of money”.
Furthermore, David Briggs, secular and religious writer states, “In the struggle between the charitable demands of faith and the desire to hold on to and accumulate personal possessions, mammon appears to be winning.”
In the end, we're not called to give more money. We're called to relinquish everything. And, love our neighbor.
New Heavens, New Earth
(written as a gift to SALLT)
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©2015 Kyle Dillingham, LLC