A Napier church took at least $20,000 in donations from a disabled rest home resident with head injuries and rejected pleas not to take the last of his life savings.Ms Dever may be right, but we shouldn't be asking, "What would most people do?" We should be asking, "What would Jesus do?"
Mr Abraham, 54, was a partial tetraplegic with head injuries, after being hit by a car in 1986, Ms Dever [his rest home manager] said.
"He's got no family or next-of-kin on our list, and they've taken everything from him. It is unethical, immoral and I believe un-Christian.
"He used to have a nest egg but now he has no life savings. He believes if he doesn't give it to them, he won't go to heaven."
"I said most people would think that accepting huge amounts from someone with nothing is wrong," Ms Dever said. "I tried to reason with [the church pastor] and asked him to give the money back but he wouldn't."
Jesus would cheer the man on.
As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."And here, I thought that charity was about spreading the wealth, not concentrating it. Apparently, it's really about hurting yourself as much as possible. New Testament morality is... strange.
(Via Friendly Atheist)
News update: It seems the church pastor tried to get Mr. Abraham to sign a document clearing the church of any wrongdoing, but the rest home stopped him. Later, the church decided to return the donations to Mr. Abraham, though it looks like they can't stop him from donating money anonymously.