Sign That Petition, Donate To This Charity

There seems to be a petition for everything these days, and although many have merit, there have been some ridiculous ones as well. Remember the petition to deport Justin Beiber because of his antics drinking and driving a few years back? I cannot believe people even signed that. So for all the meaningful petitions that actually do some good, I wonder, are we ever going a bit far with petition signing. What does it mean when we share we signed a particular petition, or that we donated to a specific charity?  Are we better people because we share this information with the world? So I had recalled that in the Bible is specified we are not supposed to brag about charity, and I decided to scout out the reference to this. Here are a few references from the King James Version:

Matthew 6.1:

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise, ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6.2 

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

I am not telling anyone what religion to follow, but if you are promoting charity because of your faith or beliefs, this might be something to keep in mind. Even in secular society, we are made to feel the more exalted citizens volunteer for this organization, sign this petition, or donate to a specific charity. But lately I have been wondering, why is it in day to day life we are not more supportive of our friends or take more interest in what they are doing? I am not talking about doing this because you have to, but many people who boast about giving to charity or signing petitions do not seem otherwise interested the cool blogs or subjects their friends are writing about. People bump into each other and always say they should do lunch, but why just talk about it? There are many ways you can support others, and those doing it a bit more quietly because they want to just seem more authentic to me. I think giving to charity or signing petitions is cool if that is something you believe in, but in my attempt to broaden my scope of thinking in the last two years, I am just beginning to see sometimes it is not always black and white. Some charities and go fund me campaigns are not always what they seem, as well.

About Sweetbearies

My pen-name is Sweetbearies, which is based on the name I use for my arts and crafts site: http://sweetbeariesart.com. I write about subjects such as artwork, photography, crafts, books, and whatever subject tickles my fancy at the moment.
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2 Responses to Sign That Petition, Donate To This Charity

  1. Aya Katz says:

    One of the sad things is the way “charity” is defined, so that if you get anything out of a transaction, it’s not charity. But what we really want to do is to encourage people to do things and to make things that are of value to others, so that they themselves can profit from an exchange. If you buy an artwork from a friend, the only way it could be charity is if you got nothing out of it, which would be an insult to your friend. All the really great relationships in life and all the really wonderful exchanges involve profit to both sides. Supporting nonprofits is an insidious way to imply that doing useless things is virtuous.

    • Sweetbearies says:

      I read your blog post defining this further, and I have to admit I feel I am a product of a Christian concept of charity. We are taught only charitable donations are beneficial, but encouraging someone to contribute where their talents lie are not. Society is now being structured where it makes it so difficult for someone to find their true talent. They are encouraged to take out debt going to school when not everyone is suited to the office career track, and often these jobs do not pay the most, and then you are saddled with student loan debt. People are shocked to find someone might not be what is considered literate but this person earns a solid income with a skilled profession running their own business.

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