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Introduction - Doing Well and Doing Good
Abraham Yim  2018-08-07 22:07:08, 조회 : 40, 추천 : 3

Abraham Yim
August 2nd, 2018 - Thursday
O. S. Guinness - Doing Well and Doing Good
Introduction - Doing Well and Doing Good

Money. It has become the centerpiece of the lives of almost every human being on earth. If it isn’t sex or power, then money holds the crown jewel for the most influencing factor in human history. People like it and the rise and victory of democratic capitalism shows what the people want. With the exception of a small group of people, the general population wants to make money. Men and women go out to work jobs to bring a paycheck home. We do things we would not normally do for another crisp bill. We are so hard at work trying to make money that we forget to figure out the meaning of money. If we overlook the meaning of money, all subjects attached to it are cast in a shadow of mystery. O. S. Guinness book, Doing Well and Doing Good will provide us with a searchlight to divulge the deepest meaning of money, caring, giving, and everything in between.

        The United States of America is a great country. The country shines on the world stage in multiple different categories. One category that America holds is in the category of giving - philanthropy. Year after year, Americans donate more than any other nation. In short, giving to those in need is deeply embedded into our culture. However, this cultural phenomenon is often swept under the rug. We never learn why we are like this. We never learn why rich people suddenly set up charities and such. We neglect our history of philanthropy.

        One word can sum up our culture of giving: religion. Although many would not want to admit it, religion is the largest motive for donating and volunteering. Guinness says, “To ignore faith and philanthropy is as absurd as describing Egypt without mentioning the Nile.” Doing Good and Doing Well will reveal a hidden part of our history and aid us in learning more about religion’s hand in giving.

        People are richer than they ever have been before. People earn more than ever possible. This explosion of wealth is often referred to as “wealth of the masses.” You may recognize names such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the list goes on. They are all multi-billionaires, and all have had their fair share of philanthropy. This makes sense: the more you have, the more you can give. What is the use of wealth when you can not use it? Aesop said, two and a half thousand years ago, “Wealth unused might as well not exist.”

        With the rise of good works and wealth in our nation, we run into a problem with any problem and solution - an identity crisis. People debate what method is the best method, and what people ought to do. Private entities have donated to charities at an alarming rate - more than ever before. Charities have also found themselves dependent on government grants. There will not be a shortage of donations any time soon, so what about manpower? Are there enough people volunteering? Unfortunately, people aren’t going out in droves volunteering wherever they can. This is where philanthropy and charity clash. Many believe that philanthropy is the proper way to fix problems. Others believe that charity wants to give a more human experience in helping the poor.

        As I said before, the USA stands tall amongst other nations. America has constantly gained speed economically, while others have been left in the dust. This makes it easier for America to be a leader in charity and philanthropy - we have more and we give more. With an explosion of wealth, the distribution of wealth becomes easier. There is more to go around, and people can have their full. Within American communities, richer towns are able to enjoy better socialist policies such as amazing healthcare.

        If you believe an idea is great, you want to spread that idea everywhere. Democratic Capitalism has won over people from all over the world. Other nations are interested but they do not want the strings that are attached to modern democratic capitalism - weak moral backbone. A Singaporean professor said, “What we in Singapore want is the modern world, no the West. We want the Asian way, not the American way. We want to follow Confucius, not Christ.” With the rise of our country, we have allowed for our moral backbone to soften. We become callous to evil and, in some moments, praise it. We have to bring ethics and morality back into our culture if our “good works” are going to mean anything to an evermore secular nation.

1. What do you think influences America to be so generous?

2. Why do you think there has been a deep divide in America’s culture of giving and its influence?

3. Do you prefer philanthropy or charity as your means for helping the poor? Why?

임 바울
1. 미국이 다른 사람을 도와주는 일에 관대한 것은 어디에 영향을 받았다고 생각하는가?

오늘날의 사람들은 미국이 부유하게 된 것과 미국이 매우 관대한 나라가 된 것에 대한 이유를 알지를 못한다. 한마디로 그들을 이렇게 만들은 것은 종교, 특히 기독교의 영향때문이다.

오늘날의 많은 국가들이 " 미국의 경제활동"을 모방한다. 이 일로 인해서 많은 나라들이 선진국의 대열에 올라섰다. 이런 국가들 중에 " 중국과 싱가폴과 같은 나라"가 될 것이다. 확실히 그들은 부유한 국가가 되었다. 그러나 주위에 곤란을 당한 사람이나 나라를 볼 때에 , 그들 국민들은 곤경에 처한 사람들을 도와주기 위한 모금 활동을 하는 일이 거의 없다. 왜 그런가? 그들은 돈을 버는 일을 미국으로 부터 배웠지만, 그러나 미국의 문화를 수입하지 않았기 때문이다. 그들은 미국 문화를 배척하였다.

미국은 확실히 기독교에 영향력을 받고 자란 문화이다. 그들은 돈을 더 벌면 벌 수록 또한 다른 어떤 나라를 합친 것보다도 더 많은 자선의 삶을 살아간다. 왜 이런 일들이 일어난 것일까?

모든 만물이 하나님에게서 나왔고, 하나님을 위해서 사용하고, 그리고 다시 하나님에게 돌려드려야 하는 청지기의 정신을 갖고 있기 때문이다.


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37  Chapter One - Part One - Money-Medium of Exchange or Mammon?    Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 6 49
 Introduction - Doing Well and Doing Good  [1]  Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 3 40
35  Table of Contents & Purpose    Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 3 30
34  The Source of Full Assurance  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 6 29
33  Gaining True Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 0 21
32  False Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 2 17
31  Four Types of People    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 8 19
30  The Struggle for Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 3 14
29  Regeneration is Permanent    Michelle Yim 2018/07/03 8 55
28  Regeneration is Immediate    Michelle Yim 2018/06/26 28 95
27  Regeneration is a Sovereign Work of God  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/06/18 25 94
26  Regeneration is the Beginning    Michelle Yim 2018/06/12 23 101
25  Regeneration is a Mystery    Michelle Yim 2018/06/06 23 99
24  Must I Be Born Again?    Michelle Yim 2018/05/29 27 98
23  The Illuminator  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 40 139
22  The Anointer    Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 30 110
21  The Sanctifier  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 37 116
20  The Life Giver    Michelle Yim 2018/05/20 35 112
19  The Third Person  [1]  Michelle Yim 2018/04/17 46 164
18  Regeneration and Repentance    Michelle Yim 2018/04/10 53 176

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