Charity Needs Wisdom
Jesus knows our lives. Even when He walked among us, Jesus could see into 2012. He could see how bad the world would become. He could see how comfortable with sin our world would be. Sin is becoming just another part of life, and the prevailing attitude seems to be, “Hey, to each his own.” Jesus looks at this, and He says, “Man! The world needs a lot of forgiveness!
Jesus knows that believers walking the earth today need a lot of hope and encouragement. And we need a lot of His wisdom!
We need wisdom even when we do something really obvious for His Kingdom, like fighting human trafficking. There are tons of groups out there fighting human trafficking. Tons of them! But Dave Batstone of Not For Sale has an approach that really speaks to me. Dave uses a lot of wisdom. Not only is he fighting human trafficking, but he’s starting businesses that combat human trafficking. And he’s creating opportunities for former and potential victims.
People involved in fighting trafficking face a big question. Once you rescue these girls, what are you going to do? Once you rescue these children, what are you going to do? Do you have homes for them? Do you have jobs for them? Can you help them support themselves and their families? Can you help them rehabilitate, laugh again, thrive?
Too often, people don’t have an answer for that. All they can say is, “I don’t know! I just know I’m supposed to rescue them.” Well, yes you are, but it doesn’t make sense to do that without a plan! You need a strategy! You need goals and tactics! You need to take care that you don’t add to the harm already done to them.
We should have already learned this lesson. Remember when we used to pick a poor country and go down as a church? We’d say, “Oh, we’ll build this poor village a church. We’ll build them this, that, and the other. We’ll build them some homes!” And we did. And then we just left. So what happened? We built homes, churches, maybe schools and clinics or community centers, we built these places for them, but they had no way to take care of them. They had no money and they had no supplies. So after about three or four years, these buildings crumbled. In the end, they didn’t have buildings anymore, they had rubble. All we did was trash their village!
We threw ourselves into “helping” when we didn’t have a goal or a purpose. We had no strategy. We didn’t understand why we were doing something to help. We had no wisdom. Our thoughts ran no deeper than, “Oh, this is charity.” So we did the wrong things. And that’s why there are a lot of people now saying that charity is hurting people!
The Book of Proverbs speaks all the time about Lady Wisdom. Lady Wisdom says, “Do not deny me. Because if you deny me, the road you go down will lead to death.” And so I’ve been asking God lately to give me wisdom. There are so many things going on in the world today that don’t look right to me, even though people are saying it’s okay. I need wisdom, to know how to handle it, how to speak into people’s lives, and how to fight for the Kingdom of God.
More on wisdom next time. See you Wednesday.