RE:QUESTA space for resources to help RE teachers and their students explore the Christian faith
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Discussion Ideas: Social Justice
This article introduces an Oxford academic who worked out how much money he needed to live comfortably and has pledged to give the rest away to charity to fight poverty. He estimates that he will be able to give over £1 million in his lifetime and help save thousands of lives.
Some questions for discussion
- What is your response to this story? Do you admire him or think he is misguided?
- Is it our duty to help others when we can, whatever the cost? Are there limits to how much we should be expected to give?
- How do you feel about money? How important is it? What should it be used for? What do you use it for?
- What would you be willing to sacrifice in order to help others, both those you don’t know and those you know?
A Christian perspective on money and giving
The Bible strongly encourages giving – especially sacrificial giving (i.e. giving to the point that it hurts!). Christians are encouraged to give their time and their money to help others. It teaches a moral responsibility to look after the most vulnerable members of society. Think of the parable of the Good Samaritan, or the Old Testament laws, or the words of the prophets who called Israel to look after widows and orphans.
It is interesting that Dr. Ord’s charity, Giving What We Can, invites people to pledge 10% of their earnings. The Church suggests a tithe – 10% of income – as a baseline for all giving and encourages Christians to give further on top of this. This money may go to the local church, charities at home, or abroad. But this is just the starting point.
Jesus and St Paul both advocate a spirit of generosity; a reflection of the generous heart of God.