Wow. As if it’s not bad enough that Winnipeg has perfect strangers asking for money on street corners. I just had a “Christian” I barely know panhandle me via Facebook Messenger. It isn’t the first time either.
I feel a sarcastic remark coming like, “Oh yeah, I could use a little free cash too if you have nothing better to do with your hard earned money and want to give it away for free inbox me and I’ll take Visa, Debit, PayPal, or I’ll come pick it up (if it’s no more than the cost of my Shaw internet subscription).”
If you are in a similar situation, you may need to unfriend a few people that call themselves Christians if they’re always asking for money. Go ahead and block them if they’re trying to guilt you into it as well. People get the notion that Christians are do-gooders so they want to make them feel good and keep taking and taking and taking. It baffles me how entitlement takes on a whole new meaning in the city of Winnipeg sometimes. Some fake Christians need to learn some respect. Where did people learn that giving out money freely just because it’s what good people do was supposedly Christianity? Where do some Christians get the idea that God will have people provide money for them if all they do is ask for it but don’t do any work or marketting or other kinds of services in return? It is shocking to me. True Christians will work if they need money to bless other people. Even Apostle Paul made tents to pay for his evangelism right out of pocket.
I want to help people. I have been helped financially for quite some time while I job hunt hard and my wife is gracious and patient with me when I’m unemployed which I’m very grateful for. Note that with difficulties, there are acceptable measures that are appropriate for securing financial help. Soliciting people on the street let alone on Facebook should not be a method of doing that, autistic, Christian, Buddhist, or aethiest. Some forms of solicitation offer doors to mentalities which are a trap for those who are gullible or get really angry due to their own entitlement.
There’s a difference between trusting God to let him provide coin and hustling hard to keep yourself financially afloat. A mature person will know the difference between balancing the two especially when tempted to beg one on one through a messaging service.
So if you’re giving money to random people asking for it on Facebook Messenger, God bless you. But sorry though, you’re not helping people become financially independent the right way. And if you hustle properly, do it for God and to provide for yourself and family close to you. Nobody has or can save everyone, financially, through the internet, or through street evangelism. That’s Jesus’ job. This may sound harsh, but that’s just how it is. Do the work, don’t ask for money via Facebook Messenger, and the money will come.