Ian here again – fresh from a row with my 13 year old about…werewolves.
She says, “All my friends watch films about werewolves, what’s the problem?”
I don’t say, “You’re right. It’s pap and you should be doing your homework, but it probably won’t kill you”. Instead I talk to her about what we believe, our values and our faith and she storms upstairs.
I assume, when I’m not here she will return to her movie. I’ll never know, and I suspect no harm will come of it (unless she gets caught!) So what’s the point of raising all that blood pressure?
I have the same question about Giraffe. I like this project (not like I love my daughter, but, you know, still quite a lot). The motivation for Giraffe is a Christian one; helping the poor (of any faith and none) based on an understanding of what the Bible teaches on that matter.
But clearly anyone can help the poor. My faith is my driver, but it’s certainly not the only one. I was listening to a debate on the causes of poverty on the BBC website last night Why poverty? Part 1 If nothing else, it made me realise how little I understand about this complex subject, and maybe how little anyone really understands it.
But I do know that thousands of adherents to other faiths, as well as those who profess none, have concern for the poor hard-wired into their DNA, and are far more effective than I am at understanding and addressing the problems of poverty.
Leaving divine intervention aside (something I freely acknowledge is hard to do and probably even foolish to contemplate if you believe in an intervening God), does it matter why you do things, or is it important just to do them?
In fact, can it actually cause problems?
Some faith-based charities advertise clearly what prompts them. Others are silent on the matter. Some argue there is a captive donor base within the faith which they profess, and others are equally convinced that by staying neutral they will appeal to a wider donor base. Who’s right?
Equally, where does that leave the faith-based donors confronted with a faith-based charity that is ineffective and a secular one that is outstanding? I know I would prefer to donate to the outstanding one, but I and many like me would still wonder…and maybe give to the other one from some sense of attachment.
You see I’m pretty clear about what I want for my daughter. (As I write this she’s now perched on the arm of my chair and she says she’s OK with it. And the blog). If it means a few skirmishes along the way, I consider it absolutely worthwhile for her well-being.
But I’m much less sure about the charity. So, if anyone is listening, “Does it really matter why we do it, as long as we do it”?
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