The antithesis of greed, charity is more than just our modern-day giving. Christian charity, simply put, is the physical manifestation of agape. Agape is one of the different Greek words for love. Each word applies to a different form of love. Rather than talking about physical, romantic love or brotherly, friendly love, agape is God's love. A self-giving, self-sacrificing love that would die on the cross for us. It is how we reflect God's love to those around us.
As we approach the holiday season, our national season of giving, it is time to question our own charitable actions. Are we giving safely and comfortably? Or are we going beyond what is comfortable and truly giving from a place of love? Love for our friends and family and love for neighbors? Charity is not just purchasing a gift or two off of the angel tree and donating to the food pantry on Thanksgiving.
Here is my charity challenge to you:
Today and tomorrow, tensions are going to be incredibly high (go vote!). Because charity is not just giving things, but loving one another as God would, react with charity. Instead of inciting angry, hurtful, and ultimately ineffective disagreements, let us show love, patience, kindness, and diligence to those we disagree with. Ask yourself if your words, your post, your attitude is a reflection of our loving, forgiving God. Don't react without good, charitable intention. React with loving charity. Give of yourself by respecting and loving your neighbors; love intentionally.
I don't doubt how difficult this will be, but hold it close to your heart that each act of charity is step closer to God. More than the "right" president or a correct Supreme Court, we need to be Godly people to those around us and lead by example to our peers and children.