How can I give charitably? #Charity365

‘God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. Acts 10:30-31

Recently, I checked off a to-do I’ve been meaning to-actually-do for some time: I added two local organizations to my charitable giving to complement my regional and international charitable giving.

I say this with some trepidation because I don’t want to attract praise for doing so–“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”–but what I do want even more is to encourage everyone to consider starting to give charitably so that we can help out those who really need it on an even bigger scale. We are wildly, fantastically rich, in all ways, in first world countries, start giving now and you will begin to see all kinds of personal benefits.

Start anywhere. Really, don’t sweat it.

It’s so easy to start. I started giving $10/month to three charities – less than one percent of my income. As I continued, and realized I could give more, I started increasing my giving and expanding the scope of those I was donating to.

This time around I want to focus on the immediate how-to because it’s so easy and so convenient and is so rewarding to know that, yes, while you are incredibly blessed in your country, you do want to help others and you are trying and you have tangible actions that show your heart is in the right place.

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Pride Toronto – Why Christians can not support it.

Pride Week Toronto is an annual event in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) celebrating the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the past decade, this event has become huge. It is one of the largest such events in the world. More and more, it is becoming very accepted, very common-place, and has become an event which people of all groups, even if they don’t identify with the Pride groups, will go to celebrate at events. The celebration, however, can not be accepted by a Christian for one very simple reason: When all is said and done, Pride Toronto is an event celebrating sin.

Pride Week Toronto is an annual event in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) celebrating the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the past decade, this event has become huge. It is one of the largest such events in the world. More and more, it is becoming very accepted, very common-place, and has become an event which people of all groups, even if they don’t identify with the Pride groups, will go to celebrate at events. The celebration, however, can not be accepted by a Christian for one very simple reason: When all is said and done, Pride Toronto is an event celebrating sin.

Speaking to a Christian about Pride Toronto, it would be just as absurd to ask him if he’ll be going down to the Stealing Parade or the Adultery Parade or the Murdering Parade or the Idolatry Parade. Remember, it’s not the severity of the action, it’s that the action is an affront to the Christian God. It would be ridiculous, in the highest degree, to support the celebration of sin.

Why can’t a Christian support it?

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Lev 18:22)

For some other reading on the topic, see the wikipedia article on “The Bible and homosexuality“.

The problem today is that the majority of people now accept the Pride Toronto event as not just “healthy” for that community but also as an event in which they can join in, celebrate and participate in. It is as if the event has lost all sense of immorality about it which, no doubt, it has with non-Christians as they don’t have any absolute moral ruleset to argue against it.

I hope it’s clear why a Christian can not support the Pride event. It is as simple and clear as if that Christian were to be in support of stealing or murdering or any other act that the majority still recognize as immoral.

For more in-depth reading, see Creation.com‘s Q&A on Morality and Ethics.