Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Charitable Consumerism

You should watch this video:

and tell me what you think.  Does this kind of charity make us lazy?  Is it a little like putting a bandage on a wound that clearly needs stitches?   Does real change happen by helping out a little?

p.s. My lovely sister sent me this video...so thought provoking!

1 comment:

  1. This is interesting Miriam. I spend some time watching this video and pondering it. As I did I came to the conclusion that as it says in Romans 8:22, "We know that the whole creation is groaning as in the pains of childbirth up to the present time." As believers I think we have to continually remind ourselves that the system is broken. It's broken because it comes from the hears of sinful people. Like he said in the video, lots of things that we do makes us feel all warm and fuzzy like we are doing the world some kind of good. The truth is that even though we are called to help the poor and those that are less fortunate things really never are going to get fixed. This is a fallen world. It's all broken, fallen, and decrepit and calling out for Christ's return. The only true healing is Christ.
    So, as believers does this mean that we don't help? Of course not. But, does it mean that we can't "fix the system" as he described in the video. I would assume not. The system cannot be fixed. It can't be fixed because in Jeremiah 17:9 it says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"
    Instead the church should do what it is called to do an operate on it's system. It should operate as Christ did and aid to serve those who are not able to serve themselves. I think what is missing here is that it's not the governemnt's job, or humanities job even, it's the job of the church.