"Ugly" Charity and Beautiful Service: A Twitter Story

 

We live in the age of virtue-signaling. One’s hashtag activism seems to carry more weight than the actual sacrifice of time and money to the issues one is concerned about.

Lot’s of people love to fret about tax cuts hurting the poor, but few of those people are actually giving voluntarily to the poor.

Part of the problem is that most of us who rarely charitably give of ourselves have all kinds of ideas about what that charity should look like.

We love looking at pictures of glowing, clean, presentable white women surrounded by adoring African children…it’s easy to see that woman is HELPING. Look at all those less-fortunates around her! And she’s so beautiful! They’re just so lucky to have her. It can feel like if we don’t match that Facebook-approved image of charity, it isn’t worth it.

I worked in non-profit education services for years and ran into all kinds of people who said they’d always dreamed of serving their community in this way or that…but. The “buts” are always wrapped up in high-minded notions of the “proper” way to help people.

But…I don’t have enough money.

But…I don’t have a large enough space.

But…I don’t have the right location, the right supplies, the right people.

There is no shortage of people willing to tell you the “right” way to help while simultaneously explaining why their “buts” prevent them from helping on their own.

One Twitter user by the name of @PolitcalMath shared a moving thread about an interesting experience he had over the weekend. Upon coming across a makeshift food pantry in a swanky area of Seattle, he was confronted by a startling realization: true charity can’t wait for ideal conditions…and we too often judge the efforts of others even when they are doing what we don’t dare.

Check out his story. @PoliticalMath is all of us…we’ve all been this “snobby” at one time or another. We’ve all let our first reactions outweigh the real value of what we’re seeing from time to time. None of us are above such judgments. Kudos to PM for seeing it, admitting it and being open enough to change it.

Thanks for posting about your discovery, this weekend!

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Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:16-18