Natural disasters are a great opportunity for Christian culture to advertise their generosity. Over on Twitter pastors are announcing the dollar amounts that their churches raised for Haiti and they’re getting loads of retweets and accolades. It’s Festivus and they’re reveling in their feats of strength thinly disguised as acts of righteousness. They’ve just got to let their left hand know what their right hand is doing on this one!
How can we get our egos stroked if we give in secret? The sermon on the mount was such a buzzkill.
Matthew 6 1“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret.