For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 ESV
For all of us, we children of a loving heavenly Father, charity – a parable of Grace – may be the one point of family resemblance that the least of us (think of that widow’s mite) can most powerfully and effectively express. This first of three brief posts on the theme of charity comes from C. S. Lewis…
C. S. Lewis wrote: “In the passage where the New Testament says that everyone must work (Ephesians 4:28) it gives as a reason ‘in order that he may have something to give to those in need’. Charity – giving to the poor – is an essential part of Christian morality: in the frightening parable of the sheep and the goats it seems to be the point on which everything turns. Some people nowadays say that charity ought to be unnecessary and that instead of giving to the poor we ought to be producing a society in which there were no poor to give to. They may be quite right in saying that we ought to produce this kind of society. But if anyone thinks that, as a consequence, you can stop giving in the meantime, then he has parted company with all Christian morality.”
From C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.