Friday, May 04, 2007

Charity. Cold or hot?

I have just donated £20 to a charity. The appeal literature informs me that with that amount of money surgeons will be able to repair the cleft lips or palates of two children that would otherwise have blighted their lives forever. I am glad to help, but does this mean that, were I to choose instead to spend £20 on a visit to the theatre, I would be putting my own pleasure before the desperate need of another? Casts a bit of a shadow over what's left of my nightlife!


MadPriest said...

Yes it is. I think the best way for rich Christians to deal with this is to accept it and, most definitely not, try to come up with convoluted theology to excuse our behaviour. I mean, Jesus was extremely straightforward about this matter. Our lives are full of stuff that falls short of the ideal and it better to be honest about it than to lie about it or disable ourselves with guilt. This way we can come to a realistic compromise between complete asceticism and complete hedonism (which will change during our lives). Remember that the worst sin is hypocrisy and none of us can be saved without God's grace.

goodfornowt said...

Thanks MP, I broadly agree. I used to put a lot of effort into avoiding temptation, but lately it's started avoiding me.