What is Charity?
- The voluntary giving of help, typically money, to those in need.
- Help or money given in this way.
So, if I give a dollar to a homeless person and she uses it to buy bread and peanut butter for her family. That, to me, is definitely charity.
If I give a dollar to a homeless person and she uses it to buy crack, while it was intended to be charity, it might not really be.
If I give a dollar to an organization that provides flood relief to victims in Haiti, that to me is definitely charity.
If I give a dollar to an organization and they use 50 cents to pay salaries to their executives and use the other 50 cents to flood relief victims in Haiti, I guess that's still charity.
Now, if I give money to my church, and 90% of that money goes toward heating the building, buying a new organ, replacing the pew cushions and fixing a leaky roof, and 10% goes toward helping the less fortunate in the community, is that still really charity?
I don't really know the answer to these questions, and perhaps the costs that a church uses for it's own facilities is in an indirect way helping support the overall community. But I would tend to believe that churches in general (and I know there are exceptions), have lost sight of their purpose, and instead of having a purpose of helping the community, they have changed to a purpose of self-preservation. Either growing their attendance, or just staying solvent.
When any organization gets to a point where their sole purpose is self-continuance, they might want to consider folding up shop. Especially if the organization is a supposed charitable one.
You asked for it...I knit a total of maybe three rows since the last photo.