I stumbled today across the following and have some follow-on comments:
Given that it’s posted at well known Religious Leftist Jim Wallis’ site, I can’t be too surprised at some of what’s noted here… for example, the implication that giving $400 billion to WalMart is such a terrible thing (never mind that the giver receives something in exchange)… or the idea that we need to give to feed the nearly 1 million charitable organizations that are out there (rather than those actually in need)… or the surprising revelation (given where I found this) that conservatives give more than liberals (isn’t that an argument for more conservatives?).
Setting all that aside, I can’t help but wonder how many of these 1 million charities are being discerning in who is helped, after all, there’s only so much money out there (the point of the graphic) and it would seem that discernment in giving is a necessity or the wrong people end up with the help and the actual needy people end up with nothing.
Think about these things friends before stroking that next check to charity… or even to your church… where’s the money going, who’s being helped, and what process is in place to prevent giving to the irresponsible at the expense of the truly needy.