Religion and giving
Posted by Kevin Salwen on 02.28.2010Share

In today's New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof reminds us why he might be the best thinker out there on global issues. If you're a liberal, you might see yourself in there -- and maybe not like what you see. If you're a conservative, you also might see yourself in there -- and maybe take a harder look at where your beliefs are leading you. If you're a human, you might be encouraged that there are places where the two sides could meet; in fact, could philanthropy and service to our world be a healing spot for the liberal-conservative rift?

His piece is definitely worth a read and, more importantly, a think.

This is a very insightful article that seeks to bridge conflicting political and religious ideologies - which is always a needed, worthy goal. As a member of a large Christian church in the San Francisco area, I see a lot of that cultural conflict. I say, with the faith-based organizations that are working in sending aid to global pandemics and social justice causes, leave them be, AND use them as a model for secular organizations. It's not about agendas - meet the needs of others and let the effective results speak for themselves. For the many churches or sneering liberals who give or do nothing but talk, there are many places that are actively seeking causes, partnering with others to meet the needs of those affected, and provide care in practical ways. Kristof is right - let's trade the sneering and holier-than-thou's for knowledge, compassion, and hard work.
Posted by sean at 2:04pm on 02.28.2010