For the past two weeks, one of the blogs I follow has temporarily stopped posting articles about Christ, and how to follow him better. Instead, they’re posting articles about why their ministry is so meaningful. And since it’s the end of the year, and you might not yet have donated so much money that you can now deduct it from your taxes, perhaps you could send some of it their way. Someone’s offered them a matching grant, and they’d love to get their mitts on that fat pile of cash as well.
Is their ministry meaningful? Well yeah; it’s why I read their blog. But aren’t there thousands of Christian blogs and ministries on the Internet, doing precisely the same thing, which don’t suspend their mission every December so they can beg for money? Yeah; in fact that’d be most of them. And if they couldn’t afford to continue their ministry any more, wouldn’t those thousands of blogs and ministries more than make up the slack? Sure; they could do so right now.
Which ministries, on the other hand, don’t have anyone to immediately step in if they were to disappear? Which ministries serve a dire need in the Kingdom of God? Fr’instance, which ministries feed the hungry? Clothe the naked? Treat the sick? Visit the prisoners? Which ministries serve the least of Jesus’s sisters and brothers? Which of them, if underfunded, can’t serve these people, leaving them hungry, naked, sick, and abandoned?
Those, I would say, are the ministries we need to send our money to. Not us bloggers.