Do you remember that Shane Clainborne-ish video that came out a few years ago for Christmas that asked you to rethink American style Christmas giving?
Well, I found it again. And I think it does a fine job of turning the When Helping Hurts book/philosophy inside out and backward. If giving to the poor is harming them, why not ask about giving to the rich? Does that harm anyone?
No. The video does not address When Helping Hurts, at least not by name per se. But if you put the two side by side and critique them, you will see what I am talking about.
In the end, I suggest that if there is any harm to be had from giving, then it is more harmful to give to the wealthy than to the poor. But of course, let me be clear, I never had a problem with giving before I read When Helping Hurts. I have been reading Jesus all my life, and until that book came along, all my ministry friends just assumed that when Jesus said, “Give to all who ask…” (Luke 6:30), he meant it.
Enjoy this video. It’s an oldie, but a goodie!