Today is # GivingTuesday, a day set aside to encourage people to give to organizations that are helping those in need at home and around the world. What better way to atone for the unabashed consumerism that marks Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Or as Andrew Murray so eloquently wrote, “The world asks ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’”
# GivingTuesday began in 2002 with $10 million in donations recorded the first year. Last year $180 million was given in the United States alone in a 24-hour span, according to Givingtuesday .org.
# GivingTuesday is a day that should be circled in red on every believer’s calendar. As Christians we are commanded by God to help those in need.
Proverbs 19:17 – Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
James 1:27 – Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.