So… God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit walk into a
bar… (no scratch that). They walk into a When Helping Hurts seminar at the support-your-local-homeless-charity coffee shop. And they sit and listen to all the dangers involved in giving bums money, in helping too much. Yeah, Jesus learns to avoid getting a “savior complex”, and how important guarding poor people’s dignity is, in taking care to discipline people to be independent rather than dependent on him, and he struggles with the concern that you not hurt those you help (or hurt yourself).
It all sounds really wise!
So… God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit get to talking it over, and they realize that if you want to REALLY help poor, lowly, broken, hungry people, you should never, NEVER, NEVER feed five thousand of them a fish for a day! You should never, NEVER, NEVER forgive a debt or pay off someone else’s debt for them. You should never, NEVER, NEVER meet a need, but rather start seeking shalom. You should never, NEVER, NEVER take up a cross and die for others or demand your followers take up their crosses, because that kind of help just hurts yourself and others REAL BAD! And anyway, Christians who write best-seller books about helping people will not appreciate such a “savior complex” or how it would ever help anyone.
Wanna know the punchline?
I am the punchline for telling this joke.
Yeah, I am a jerk for pointing this out to you. Shunned. Persona non grata. Someone whose blog you should avoid, whose voice has no volume, whose care is deeply flawed beyond repair.