(Proverbs 22:9 KJV) He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Being generous is not covered by giving to the United Way or some large charity. Much of what you give goes to big salaries or is wasted in administration. We are to be generous to the “poor” (1800b) not the executives of large charities. When it came to an organization like the Red Cross I would not even donate blood to them. As a general rule the only money I hand over to organized groups goes to the Salvation Army. I am still confident that most of my gift will go to actually help someone in need.
We are still expected to help the needy. One of the elements that we overlook is that in order to really help someone we need to be involved in their lives. Before the church was expelled by the welfare system of the government we were involved in the lives of the poor. We would visit them in their homes and if we were giving them financial aid we would also teach them about budgeting. We would pray with them. In the process we would not only meet their physical needs but we would also work on their deeper needs. In the process we were also made better persons.
So? Don’t write a check and feel like you have done your part. God wants us involved in people’s lives not just being an EBT card.