Honestly, I’m not wanting to pour ice-water on the “Ice Water Bucket Challenge.” It is a fad that has been entertaining, raised the awareness of the evil disease of ALS, and apparently raised millions of dollars for ALS research. I’ve been called out by my good friend Scott Chilcutt and I need to respond before I’m called out by others! There is so much pressure to come up with a bigger and better challenge. Mine would flop. Trust me. Haha. If others are starting to give because of this, that is great, but here are three questions that we might want to ask ourselves:
1. Can I give to the group asking for help with a good conscience?
2. What is my motivation for giving?
3. Will I give once the fad is over?
And I want to do something…something big…something meaningful…something eternal. My pastor, missionary friend Dan Hale has ALS. I hate what ALS is doing to him. I wrote about that on the anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech.
But I always give out of conviction. Here is an article that explains why some find themselves in a moral dilemma:
This may not fit your conviction, but I will give a one-time donation to one of the three organizations listed in the above article.
Many of my friends have taken the challenge and been creative (I’ve enjoyed them!! Please don’t hear me criticizing! Some have been hilarious!) George W. Bush, Derek Jeter, Kermit the Frog, and many other celebrities have taken the challenge. I’ve even been drawn into watching epic fails and unknown people taking the challenge and then see them curse the people who did it to them. Why do it, if you are going to complain for 30 seconds after you’ve done it? I’m grateful that awareness has been raised, but let’s give out of compassionate hearts, not to impress anyone else.
One of my daughters did the challenge and I was impressed that soon after she called me to see how our friend, Dan Hale, was doing. She connected the fad to a real live person who is suffering. I was proud.
I’m going to make a one-time gift to an ALS charity of my choosing and conviction. I’m going to continue to give to my church each and every week. My friend, Dan Hale, shares a passion with me for missions and specifically for El Salvador. We have worked together for the Kingdom. Those who have found Christ, will find the ultimate healing when they reach heaven. I am going to double my gifts to missions and to El Salvador in 2015 in honor of my friend, Dan Hale.
Will you join me in giving out of conviction to relieve suffering here on earth and for eternity? Will you join me in giving beyond the fad?
Blessings! For the Kingdom.