Who Cares?


Everybody cares.

Well, okay, there are a few jerks out there who will openly tell you they don’t care.  Some of them will even ridicule you for caring.  But it’s amazing how much the “care” increases when you ask.  I mean people who drive right past a bum asking for spare change on a street corner as they head off to church will arrive there and raise their hand with the rest of the crowd when you ask “Who Cares?”.  Let’s call these folks jerks and novices.

But then there are those who really show concern and join a group – a ministry group, a class, or take in a lecture or read a book.  Some of these people join benevolent organizations and put in time and energy to raise money, raise awareness, and/or actually serve people by supplying actual goods and services.  Among those people, some go on to head up relief organizations and become professionals in the field.  Some of them go on to write books, give lectures, lead seminars and so on.  We will call these the experts.

Some other people find themselves simply moved deep in their hearts to care AND to do something.  These people may go on to join the ranks of volunteers and professionals, but a lot of them do not.  They simply feel called to do what they can.  Most of these folks give a few dollars when they have it to give, but for them even a few dollars can be a real sacrifice, since these folks are very nearly needy themselves (or may have experienced a season of neediness in their lives that left an impression on them).  A few of them, however, turn their calling into an exhausting ministry that may involve cooking, gathering blankets/clothes and distributing them, and the workload can become as heavy as a second fulltime job.  Let’s categorize these as the called.

If we wanted to, I am sure we could articulate at least a couple more categories of people here, but this should suffice for this post.  And except for the jerks I mention above, all the rest of these people, it seems, care.  Right?

Well, let me split a few hairs here, and then you decide.

Among those in the last paragraph, the called, most find giving to be its own reward.  They rarely get attention for their efforts, little help, and almost no cooperation with organizations or individuals.  In fact, the experts may very well shun them and say they have gone rogue.  The called get no paycheck, no donations (or precious few if they do), no speaking fees, no book sales or recognition.  They give simply out of the goodness of their hearts and often over the objections of others.

For those among the called, giving is typically sacrificial – sometimes deeply sacrificial.  Risks are taken.  Money given.  Strangers taken in.  Hitchhikers picked up.  Sometimes, perhaps often, when the called make themselves vulnerable to those to whom they are called, they get burned – robbed, burgled, assaulted, lied to, taken advantage of, and everything in between.  Sometimes these folks grow embittered by it all and stop answering their calling, but a few of them cannot imagine their lives any other way, and they “never learn”.  They might even feel foolish for living out their calling, and this sometimes ensures they keep their giving quiet, for speaking of it invites ridicule.  And anyway, as Jay Schadler on ABC News said back in the mid 1990’s when he hitchhiked across America, “It isn’t Cadillacs and fine sedans that pick you up on the side of the road; it’s jalopies and well-worn pick up trucks that do that”.

You likely haven’t heard of them.

The category I am calling experts is a broad one.  Many are simple volunteers, but you don’t volunteer long before you acquire a lot of uncommon and remarkable experiences that sooner or later you will likely be called upon to share at a seminar or maybe even on a TV camera.  So even though there may be varying degrees of expertise, I am going to lump them together, and anyway, volunteers answer to the executives and book writers.  They are all on the same team.

And these experts find it important to do things wisely and effectively.  For one thing, you really want to believe that the work you do makes a worthwhile difference, but for another, you need to impress others in order to fundraise and sell books.  The volunteers are trained to follow certain rules and policies intended to serve these purposes as well, and certainly the big shots that they answer to want to sell books and lead seminars and raise lots of money.

These experts tend to dream big.  And they do a lot.  They organize assets, people, budgets, resources and then mobilize them too.  In the process, real goods and services are offered to truly needy people, some of them on a grand scale.  And we should be thankful for every blessing bestowed on every needy person they serve.

Yet, the experts make it a point not to risk, or at least to minimize it.  A good deal of the wisdom they offer is devoted to risk-management.  They also make a point to call attention to themselves (and/or their organizations), otherwise how can they raise money or sell books?  They have advertising concerns, bureaucratic concerns, safety and risk-management concerns, and self-promotion concerns jumbled together with their concern for the poor and needy.  Even if we call their giving sacrificial, which certainly it is in various ways from time to time, the giving is almost never its own reward.  On the contrary, for a lot of the experts, the giving is a way to earn notoriety and money – and sometimes quite a lot of either or both.

Who’s to say how much of their concern is for themselves and how much for the needy?  But when I ask “Who cares?”, perhaps we could have this perspective.  And maybe, just maybe, those answering the call in their lives give more, give more godly, and maybe, just maybe, as foolish as that is, it is the wisdom of God.

So… Who Cares?



  1. clashofcashntrash · March 10

    Yes. We really must give credit where credit is due. The organized experts actually do provide real important services. Being thankful is appropriate.

    The have limitations they don’t see, though, and have the clout to criticize the called. All the while their help is not so pure, and often does harm in its own way. I have seen shepherds run people off the property at night actually saying the words “I don’t care where you go, but you cant stay here”. I am sure if we had caught that on camera and got it on the 10 oclock news, they would regret it.

    Likewise the called, I think are sometimes discouraged by the experts. In fact, I think the experts actually set out to discourage them sometimes. “Don’t give money to the poor, give it to us. The addicts will do harm with it. The bums will sell your coats instead of using them. They already have 3 blankets… ” Stuff like that which is designed to get the called to stop giving as their hearts desire (or better yet as God has called them), and maybe to give to their organizations instead. That can be both criticizing and selfish. No one ever says this of the charities, but it is actually the classic maneuver where you tear someone else down in order to build yourself up.

    Not true of everybody, but true often enough to be disturbing.

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  2. I want to be part of the called. As Jesus says “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

    Be blessed. God is with you.

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    • Agent X · March 11

      Me too. But actually, I feel sure we cannot just close the door on the experts. I think its just like being rich and being in the kingdom of God. It is highly unlikely, but we know it happens. Heaven help us thought we all think we are THE exception.

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      • Jesus will be the Judge so I leave that up to Him. I am compelled to be obedient. I used to have contempt when the homeless would beg for money. There was one in particular that I passed every morning as I walked into my office. There were several times I literally told him, “Get a job”. Then one day, God spoke to me and told me to give him everything I had in my pocket. It was a lot. At any rate, Jesus made this real to me. Jesus caused me to change my mind (aka repent).

        I think you have quoted this before about those who don’t obey Jesus. “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”

        Personally not a fan of the “eternal fire”. 🙂

        Thanks for your faithful message. God is with you.

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      • Agent X · March 11

        I am no fan of eternal fire either!

        I wanna take care at this point, since we are talking about Judgment here not to paint “experts” with the judgment brush. I will let their own acts or inactions do that. But I see experts making a living for themselves and a LOT of notoriety too by in part criticizing “the called” for the giving they do. And then also for trying to get “the called” to second guess themselves – this too while promoting themselves. Not all of them, to be sure, but plenty – AND it is more of a trend all the time.

        I really have in mind shedding light on the overall phenom here and opening a defense for the called.


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