There are a huge number of references in the Bible to giving and taking care of people who have needs. We’ve been fortunate enough to be born in a nation that has so much and there is responsibility to see outside of our bubble and realize that we are accountable for the lives of others, as well as our own. Unfortunately, there are still soup kitchens who require people to take vows before they will feeds them and organizations who refuse to care for the poor if they can’t include a sermon plug.
A visiting minister from India made a very good point in my church a few weeks back. A starving person doesn’t want to hear a sermon, he wants to eat. Then he will want to listen. For many people the “good news” is that they get to eat, get to be healthy, get to be safe. This is the purest form of the gospel and the mission that many people in the church are leery about because it feels too political somehow.
There is the perfect intersection right now between the shifting sociological environment and the way the church is organized and connected. A network of millions of people who are all (ideally) in one accord and desiring to show love to the world can make a huge impact. Let’s become the ones who lead the way to the new philanthropy.