I know I run the risk of frustrating some people by talking about this topic without going into many of the complex aspects involved. I want to say up front that my goal is not to cover everything about this topic but rather to talk about one important argument that comes up again and again in many people’s minds when faced with this situation.
Many people believe that they should be a good steward of their money, and only give where they know the money will be used well. They want to be generous but that generosity needs to be in wisdom, right?
At least, not by that definition of wisdom.
First of all that is not how generosity works.[Tweet “Generosity isn’t about where the money is going but how cheerfully it leaves your possession!”]
Secondly, many people don’t give money to certain individuals because they feel that the person might not use it appropriately. The truth is, that this is not their decision to make – the decision of how the money is to spent is between the person receiving the money and God.
The only decision you have to make, is will you give as you feel God leading, and will it be cheerfully or not?
Now hear me right
I’m not saying we should give all our money away to irresponsible people – by all means, please pray about how you want to give your money and do so! If you decide that you don’t want to give to the homeless and would rather give to another cause, that is entirely your choice to make.
All that I’m trying to say is that, at some point, we’ve all felt led to give money to somebody who might squander it and in the name of “wisdom” ended up not doing it.
This is not called wisdom, it’s called judgement.[Tweet “Withholding money from those who will misuse it doesn’t make you wise, it makes you judgmental.”]
Wisdom looks like this – if you feel God leading you to give, regardless of the recipient or how they might use it – give!
Let’s not dress up our judgment as wisdom and try to chalk up our bad choices as ones made because of great character!
I’ll leave you with this quote from Bill Johnson:[Tweet “To not give to the poor because of a fear they will misuse the money, is a misuse of the money.”]
Question: Are you quick to give when God says give, or are you letting a false wisdom rob you of the joy of giving?