This I Believe
I believe that I am my brother’s keeper. I am responsible for helping others in need. When I notice an unwashed man holding a hand lettered, cardboard sign on the street corner, I am obligated to share.
The scriptures are clear concerning charity. Everything I have is a gift from my Heavenly Father. My home, my family, my job, even my testimony was given to me and I enjoy the blessings of an abundant life because I chose to follow Christ.
I keep spare change in the cup holder of my car. However, if I happen to drive by someone down on their luck, I will give them a portion of my stash. When I have passengers in the car with me this usually begins a conversation. They don’t give to beggars because they don’t want them using the money for drugs, cigarettes or alcohol. They see their donation as a waste and think anyone could get a job if they really wanted to. I believe I am accountable for my actions alone.
“And also, ye yourself will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.” (Mosiah 4:16) This scripture is very clear. We are required to share our blessings of abundance with those less fortunate. The most important lesson we learn about charity is found in Mosiah 4:21 “And now, if God, who has created you,…doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right,…O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.” I believe the justice of charity is forgiveness.