Tuesday, April 10, 2012

C.S.Lewis Giving to the poor

Some people nowadays say that charity ought to be unnecessary and that instead of giving to the poor we ought to be producing a society in which there were not poor to give to.  They may be quite right in saying that we ought to produce that kind of society. But if anyone thinks that, as a consequence, you can stop giving in the meantime, and then he has parted with all "Christian morality."  I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.  In otherwords, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we probably giving away too little.   If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small.  There ought to be things we should we would like to do because our charitable expenditures exclude them.  For many of us our great obstacle to charity lies not in our luxurious living or desire for money, but in our fear-fear of insecurity. ( C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity pp. 81,82).