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Capitalism, Charity, and Recreating Society

February 15, 2011

We live in a society affected by Capitalism. It is so present throughout our culture that most of us could not separate out what is capitalistic and where it started.

Charity is also prevalent throughout our culture. We are asked to give to causes, to support non-profits, to participate in food/clothing/goods drives, and to help organizations meet their goals to do something to better society. The question is why do we give?

A few days ago Tom Davis from Children’s HopeChest posted this video on his blog. It presents some challenging thoughts about capitalism, charity, giving, and the motivations behind it. It pushes us to think if even well-known and strongly supported models may not be doing the good we think they are.

One of the responses to that post raised some questions that really affected my thoughts after viewing this video.

  • Does God need charity? We are all created in His image, might charity steal the image of God in people?
  • Can true charity exist when there is no pain, risk, and/or suffering in my giving? Should the point of charity be – I put myself in a place of suffering so that others don’t have to die; so others might live.
  • Does Jesus call us to stop suffering or join others in suffering?

Is charity hurting or helping? Are there other models that work better?

Is there a way to recreate society? Our church? Our family? Our own thinking?

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 12:12 am

    Good questions about the video. I’m a current seminarian and I’ve recently started the non-violent revolt against the rich. The only way for all of us to get rid of poverty forever is for all of us to begin to acknowledge the basic human dignity of a person.

    You ask about recreating our society: My answer is that it starts with a non-violent revolution.

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