The unrest in Egypt started with a simple idea: people wanted to be free. They were tired of their poverty. They were tired of the oppression and dissatisfaction with leadership unwilling to change.
In the past, the oppressors could quell the riot by finding the ringleader and putting him to death. Not so this time—every time they sought to cut off one head another grew in its place.
Freedom was an “idea” that could not be stopped with the death of a person. Moreover, freedom had a way of being communicated that could not be stopped. Through social media, cell phones and texting, the word was out, and in the push of a button, the message could spread.
The early church was like that. No matter how hard the opposition tried, they could not quell the “idea” of Christianity—that men and women could be free from the bondage of their own hearts through Christ. It was a simple message and carried from life to life. It was the hope that smoldered no matter how much water had been thrown upon the flames.
Such is the idea of generosity. Today, it is part of the movement of Christ. As people experience the freedom of Christ, they are inclined to see their hope less in this world and more in the world to come. Accordingly, they are free to give away the stuff of this world in exchange for the real treasure of the world to come. It is a simple message. It cannot be quelled by the promise of new vehicles, new ownership in houses or lands. It is the freedom that so many desire.
Our job as charities? Ministries? Fuel the flame of generosity. Have less concern over our own organizations and our budgets and more for the cause of generosity. When we do this, we will see the flame advance farther than we might ever dream or imagine.
William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation. Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.