I had someone come to my door yesterday. They were from Amnesty International. They were going door to door asking people to support Amnesty International in their efforts in Syria.
As she left I said “try to stay dry” and she responded with “I’m out here trying to help with human rights, what’s a little rain?”
This brought three things to mind for me so I thought we’d work through them this week. It’s amazing how something so small can make you think so much. That or I’ve just got some sort of cognitive problem that I should see someone about.
It’s probably the second one.
The first thing I pondered on after she left was “should I have given her some money?”
Was I wrong?
For someone who talks about generosity I was strikingly ungenerous.
I’d made up my mind when she came to the door. I don’t have money for this.
I didn’t consider it might be an opportunity from God. I didn’t pray or search my spirit to see if this is something God was leading me in. It was someone at the door soooooo be polite and get out of the conversation as fast as possible.
Just like Jesus would do.
But the larger question is do you have to give every time? How do you know when to give?
I said that we already have charities we support. They work building community and capacity. They are organizations that speak to our hearts. When I started to speak I made up my mind not to argue. I wasn’t going to get into if one was better or worse. I decided I wouldn’t discuss which was more deserving. Luckily she didn’t’ push.
The point isn’t to judge which is better. Aiding those in what will probably soon be classified as a genocide, that’s always good.
Taking those shunned by their community and giving them a chance to be productive for the first time in heir life? Also good.
Giving someone who’s never had the resources to support their family that chance? Good choice.
See it’s all good. There is so much good working going on.
Back to the question of action.
It starts with a wiling heart, which mine was not when that young lady came to the door. It starts with a sensitivity to the ask and the heart of God.
So back to my response. No is entirely ok, if you at least consider the question. I didn’t. So I was wrong this time.
That said, all your resources are going to other meaningful work? Great, thank you for getting involved.
But if that young lady comes to your door and not only do you say no to her you say no to all of the calls to support justice, love, peace and the work of God?
Point blank, you’re doing something wrong.