I’m liking this on my Facebook page.
Best example: The yellow support-the-troops ribbons.
Yeah- that’s my response as well, usually- take the person out to lunch. Do your charity as locally as possible.
Click on some of the guy’s other ones: “Bands don’t have souls. DC Talk didn’t go to heaven when it died.”
Yeah… Maybe…. However I have met people who did the equivalent of taking a needy person to lunch and take that opportunity for lecturing that person about what s/he might have done wrong in order to find him/herself in need in the first place… Or even something like: (I know that it is more the Protestant attitude than the Catholic, but I myself heard it from both sides) “What can be the sin in your life that prevents you from ‘prospering’?” Believe me, that is even less helpful than just “Tweeting” about it. At least, by “liking on Facebook”, or “tweeting”, somebody, somewhere, might eventually wake up and start something practica.
I find that if I take that Protestant Approach, their sins are always something I’ve done and needed confession for, and the only real difference is that I had family to help me through it.
P.S. The above is what makes me a little doubtful whenever someone claims the superiority of “personal charity” over “social justice”.
Nah- it’s about even. In fact, I’d say the “social justice” group is worse. They seem to feel they have a license to be busy-bodies. The ones who’ve chosen this as a career, I mean.
I was in Austin last week, and for some place that prides itself on being cool and laid-back, they sure have a lot of rules.
“If Tom’s Shoes looked like Crocs, there’d be a whole lot more bare-footed children in third-world countries.”
That is going to make me smile all day.