I’ve been spending some time downtown lately and one doesn’t have to spend much time downtown before they are asked if they have any spare change. I am finding myself in the middle of a moral debate: to give or not to give.
I want to give. I want to help. It is all part of the servant life. But I find myself and others asking, “What will this person do with my money? Wouldn’t it be better to take them somewhere for a meal to ensure that the money isn’t spent on [insert various addictions here]?”
But the other day I was reminded that Jesus says “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”
So is it Christ-like to raise the question of stewardship when someone asks me for a dollar?
Or should I give them two?