This saying, “Charity begins at home” is probably one of the most discussed topics among Christians. And not only with Christians but with other religious groups, too. So, today I decided to write what I think about this.
But before we proceed, here’s a disclaimer, again: I’m not a pastor or a minister, I’m just an ordinary guy with a passion for discussing religious topics that are interwoven with business. Being a Christian entrepreneur, I feel this responsibility to share Christ in the market place.
The topics I’m discussing are practical topics, meaning, they are not as deep as those philosophical topics of bloggers with theological background. As much as possible, I want the words to be simple and easy-to-understand by the common people.
So, here we go…
The Way of The World
Observing our surroundings, you will notice that most people are preoccupied with material gains…
I think it’s normal to our sinful human nature to be tuned-in to this radio station called WIIFM. This is the acronym for “What’s In It For Me?” If a person found out that there’s nothing he can gain, he usually stays away from it.
One literal example of that is, the recent mid-term election that has happened here in our place. Vote buying was so rampant, that even if the candidate for a local government position is highly qualified, if he has no money to bribe the people, the chance of winning was so slim.
And it did happen, the candidate who bought big-time won.
It is saddening to see people trade their future to corrupt candidates who offered instant cash, sometimes amounting to $100 each. And one thing that I have observed, it seems most people here are high in a certain drug called MONEY.
They no longer care about the community’s future as a whole. What’s more important to them is, they got the money so they can immediately buy the needs of their families.
Become Wealthy, Sell Everything And Give To Charity?
In the midst of these, there’s a man I know who’s somewhat motivated by money-making but got a different goal than any other person I know.
He’s my uncle.
In one of our discussions, my uncle shared to me his goal in life which is to become wealthy. But what surprised me was, his declaration that once he gets there, we will sell all the things that he has acquired, and give to charity.
“But what about your kids, will you not give them inheritance?”, I asked.
“I will teach them how to acquire what I’ve acquired so they will become rich, too. In that way, they won’t need any inheritance from me.”
Weird as it may seem, but that sounds great. I think he’s looking forward to teaching his kids “self-reliance and independence” which is good. But the problem is, as we discussed those things, his family was living in poverty. Instead of taking a job, he got into an endless cycle of hunting for business opportunities that can make him rich.
I don’t know but any normal person would suspect something is wrong with the mindset.
A Reminder From The Bible
In 1 Timothy 5:8 it says…
“But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Using my uncle’s story as the object lesson, irresponsibility among fathers that are supposed to be bread-winners can breed other ills in the family. It is sad to say, he and his wife broke up.
I guess, being a former pastor, my uncle knows about this verse from the Bible. Maybe due to being busy with the daily grind, with his hunting for opportunities that can make him wealthy, he forgot about the verse.
And as a man who don’t have my own family yet (I’m still single), this serves as a reminder for me. That when the time comes that I already a family of my own, I should be responsible. I should provide for the needs of my family.
What is the use of feeling benevolent to others when behind the curtain, your family is suffering?
Some might say he’s mentally sick. But I guess, he’s not. He just got the wrong focus, or maybe a wrong interpretation of things.
In this blog post, I have used two examples. Extreme examples.
I am greatly influenced by my uncle, and I will admit that. We both have started in business with benevolence as a big part of our goal. So, you guys should wish us success because, there will be a lot of people who will benefit from us if we succeed in business.
But I’ve got to this point that I also questioned the way my uncle handles his family’s needs. Maybe he forgot about this saying, “Charity begins at home.”
To my fellow online entrepreneurs, to it for your family because God wants you to love your family. You will be blessed by the Lord, and from there, you will be able to bless others.
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