|On Saturday, September 28, Robert Lupton was at Saint John’s UMC to discuss his book, Toxic Charity. He gave us many good thoughts to consider in our charity efforts. Here is the Oath for Compassionate Service from the book:
- Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.
- Limit one-way giving to emergency situations.
- Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.
- Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.
- Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said – unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.
- Above all, do no harm.
More information about the mission of the FCS Ministries at http://fcsministries.org/.