I tried keeping my mouth shut but then, after two days, I am still very annoyed.
I had expressed my views on giant cheques during the post-Tsunami charity drives. I hate seeing 10 people carrying a huge, styrofoam-cardboard mock cheque with an idiotic grin on their face, dressed in Versace, Rolex on the wrists and trying to look sympathetic and yet, damn proud that they are noble.
Yesterday, I saw these appearing again. And the worst thing is – this time, it is not about political or corporate interests. Usually, it is some politicians wanting recognition or huge corporations wanting media attention. This time, it is a group of people from a certain religous faith.
This time, it is about God. When I first got to know Christianity, I was amazed with all the red letterings in my New International Version Study Bible. The red letterings are words from Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, Mark and John. I was like, wow, this guy (Jesus) is sure smart. Everything is so make sense wan…Wah, He is so clever. If only everyone of us (Christians, ok?) follow His Words, the world will be a better place indeed.
So, one of the words that I try to follow and keep in mind is “When you are giving, do not let your left hand knows what your right hand is giving and Your Father in Heaven will…… (full passage here)”.
Yet, what do I see in the paper yesterday? These people are giving in full glory with giant cheques. And do they have to emphasise that they are giving to a group of different faith people? Didn’t God has made clear that we are not to discern? And what takes the cake is:
â€œWe want to encourage Christians in the country to donate to charity. Thatâ€™s our basic responsibility,â€ he said.
I hope it is bad reporting because when I read this sentence :
â€œThis is a call from God to share what we have,â€
What may I know is ‘This’ that is being referred? I may misunderstand. But doesn’t it sounds like “This (earthquake) is a call from God to share what we have.” So, I think it is a rather sad way to portray God like that. God definitely did not put on His wrath by creating an earthquake which killed thousands just to make you (the giving party) to realise about sharing. Puhleez, can’t you just give the money without having to make a huge issue with a title that says ‘such and such faith of people give to such and such faith people.
Why can’t we just live peacefully without making our faith an issue? Why can’t we give without making the giving party a celebrity or monkey? Come on, focus on the needy. Just take whatever blardy money you have there and give. If you have the faith, God will have His way. You do not need to ‘show people the way to give’. Hell, I am damn insulted!
*On a side-note, have you read about Yvonne’s donation drive? She is needing a sum of money for her operation. Please see how you can help this gutsy young girl. And please, please go and vote for her for the scholarship. It is just a click of a button. Let us give in our small way without needing all that jazz.*