Monday, April 20, 2009

Top Ten Excuses for Not Giving To The Poor

1. "They are stealing from hard working people"— Keeping one’s possessions secure They just want to take advantage of me

2. "They need to get a job"— They are just lazy

3. "I’m up to my eyeballs in debt."— I don’t have any extra

4. "My family comes first"—I need to care for my own first

5. "The poor will be with us always"—The need is so big, who can fix it?

6. "They’ll just use it for drugs and alcohol"— They will use what I give for evil purposes

7. "I worked for my money"—I can use my wealth as I please

8. "I need to be a good steward of God’s money"—Giving to the poor is a waste of resources

9. "Is it the right thing to do?" Money doesn’t really help them anyway

And the only real excuse that I've never heard:
10. It’s too much work to do it right


Patrick said...

I hope you don't mind but I would like to use this list and some others on your site for a Hunger and Homelessness retreat with students at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Thanks so much. God Bless.

Steve Kimes said...

I'd be happy for you to use it. If you want more education pieces on the homeless, check out