Was going through my Facebook timeline one day when I saw Instagram photos of my friend distributing stuff to less fortunate kids. I know people who, to mark their birthdays, give to the motherless babies and decorate their facebook pages and birthday program booklets with photos of the charity work.
People use people, people abuse people, people hate and envy people and you just need to show that you’re not one of them, or that a percentage of your heart or your money goes to people less lucky than you.
So when we take our car keys, and set off for charity work in a specified location, we carry a camera crew along, because we don’t want to be lost in the crowd.
I do love to see the smiles on the faces of the recipients, I love to see young people in photos and videos doing charity works. I feel compersive. It serves as an encouragement really. But that’s all it’s worth.
Was talking to a friend sometime and in the middle of our conversation, he blurted “Don’t you know what I do? I have an NGO, we take kids off the streets and put them in schools!” My response was “Ah! Cool!! That’s noble.”
Many NGO directors and Faith-Based Organisations would take photos and videos of their free goods and services program to attract donors or to prove that the funds received are geared towards the rightful beneficiaries, and the individuals who do it to make a show of their humanitarianism are perhaps on a self-purification program.
- Prove me wrong! Most of the people who show off their magnanimity to this extreme are people who are naturally mean, cruel, heartless, selfish and unfeeling.
Who they are everyday and what they try to portray in the media are polar opposites. Most times they do it to make up for their negative sides, or to win a seat in the society or organisation where myopic people have no access to proper assessment of the candidates true character.
Tactfully too, these Santa Claus reindeer do it well ahead of time and simply document it for reference so it can be pulled out when needed without needing to be back-dated.
- We’ve come to a point where everyone is looking for recognition, we defend many causes for the weak, the poor and the down trodden, and when it comes to those who can hardly feed or have money to sustain themselves through life, we just think taking a picture of them receiving from us justifies us somehow, what happens to the dignity and pride of the receiver?
Remember Matthew 6:1-4
1 “Be especially CAREFUL when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a PERFORMANCE out of it. It might be good THEATER, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. 2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call ATTENTION TO YOURSELF. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—’PLAYACTORS’ I call them— treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, ACTING COMPASSIONATE AS LONG AS SOMEONE IS WATCHING, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—QUIETLY and UNOBTRUSIVELY. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.”
If the camp or organisation you’re visiting doesn’t take photos of you, then they probably don’t need anyone making a show of their poverty. Sometimes they do have photographers to help them keep track of their donors and visitors. You’re not the first to make a living out of people’s mishap or sickness or death or poverty, but just try not to do it so openly, or you will have to settle with the truth that your reward ends at that point and at that time, here on earth. Not recognised one bit by God. And since life is full of uncertainties, if ill-fate happens to fall on you, don’t try to hide your face when the camera comes your way.
Even between friends and family members, when we do good, we expect our beneficiaries to commence man worship because we have assumed ourselves to be god; their sufficiency, we expect to dictate the tune because we pay the piper, sometimes we go as far as telling people what we’ve done for them (friends) or even reminding them face-to-face in order to fish for compliance from them, not because we’re in dire need of a favour from them, but because we compel them to reciprocate since they are at our mercy.
Jesus went about doing good…for God was with Him that’s a report, not a personal declaration/ assessment. We’re certainly meant to do greater works and if we’re lucky to find the news people there, good for us. Some of us would even prefer not to be captured on camera. Doing good is a delicate thing. If you seek the greater reward from God, do it right, quietly, secretly maybe. Let the eyes of the receiver behold you, and let him publicise you if he wishes, he will bless you in his prayers day and night, if he has a means to repay you, he will never pass it up.
- Blessed are those who give without remembering and those who receive without forgetting. Let God take your picture, and enlarge it in his own way, if no one recognises you, God is not unjust.
Charity is Love, don’t attempt it if you have no love, Love covers a multitude of sins. Show some love then, cover the shame of the destitute without baring their nakedness before the world around you.
Charity requires a lifelong devotion. It doesn’t start and end on a particular day when your spirit feels gingered. It’s character, it lives with you, speaks for you, lasts after you. God demands it, do it His way. Hello Charity!