Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Oath for Compassionate Service

How do we show Christian love in ways that really help people?

Robert Lupton has been in the trenches and has done some good thinking along these lines. Here is his "Oath for Compassionate Service."
  • Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.
  • Limit one-way giving to emergency situations.
  • Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.
  • Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.
  • Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said - unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.
  • Above all, do no harm.
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