Red Nose Day or Comic Relief. It is really amazing how this day, this event, has so quickly found its way into the annual roundabout of the things people follow or do each year. As far as raising monies for charitable causes go this particular annual event must rate as one of the best in the country. Another might be ‘Children in Need‘ which similarly raises millions of pounds every year. There is nothing to say against such efforts and successes for who can deny that charitable causes deserve the attention they get except that perhaps at the expense of lesser charitable organisations? I am all for giving to those in need though I will say it is impossible for an individual to give to all of them. We each have our preferences I am sure. Personally I am against the way these charities and the organisations who support their particular charity operate and the way participants act in support. There should be no need to employ ‘celebrities’ to raise extra money either but it seems the only way some will give is if they get something in return even if it is only entertainment. Give what your heart tells you to give and give it cheerfully and in secret. Speaking of secrecy and as a Christian the way the world does things is against my beliefs for in Scripture it says:
3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
5 ‘And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
You see, what is done in the world is in direct opposition to Scripture for people love to be seen doing good things and being praised for it. You only have to look at the television coverage and the promotional advertising encouraging all to partake. If you want to be rewarded for doing good works then do them in secret and your reward will be in Heaven. A stumbling block to unbelievers I know. The problem with unbelievers is they often do not want to think for themselves or seek out the facts and make educated decisions. In tomorrow’s post I present a challenge (again) to unbelievers to look at some facts but as far as today’s post is concerned and about giving, do I give to charities? Well the answer is yes I do but it is done differently and of course I am not about to disclose to my left hand what I am doing with my right hand. If I am rewarded it will be in Heaven.