Probably I make Scrooge look like chairman of the Red Cross, but earlier in the lesson we read a scripture about stewardship. I thought we were stewards over the property we acquire. So if we are wise stewards, we give our money to anyone who asks without using our brains or having any information about the situation we are attempting to improve with cash? I kept my mouth shut for as long as I could, and then noted aloud that we were operating under the assumption that giving people things was helping them. I'm not sure that we always are helping them.
I'm not convinced that to buzz over and clean an able bodied person's filthy house anytime the person requests free maid service is a wonderful act for them or us. I question whether encouraging panhandling by passing out cash is really helping the panhandler or the community. I especially question this knowing that panhandlers often conduct this activity while working for a panhandler "pimp," so to speak, who gets a large percentage of the earnings. Someone once told me that God gave us our brains for a reason. He gave us our hearts for a reason too. We need both of these assets. I believe we are stewards over the material things we have been given. I know we need to be kind, share, and serve. But I wonder if our mindless, inappropriate help will be judged any better that our selfish withholding of our material goods.