There are several fundraising or crowdfunding platforms online. Both secular as well as those professing to be Christian based. While any funding/alms request campaign will often be attended to with a lucrative response on either platforms, there are a some dangers that an evangelical Christian will want to consider before proceeding. The particular dangers in question applies to both secular as well as Christian professed fundraising or crowdfunding platforms.
The danger of receiving abominable funds
When raising funds for a cause or simply asking for alms as a Christian, receiving the desired funding/relieve never should be the only focus. You are to be also concerned about the source of your funds. You need to be interested on where and how your benefactor earns their money. If you knew generous man that kept a drinking salon, would you, as a Christian, turn to him in the day of your acute need? While this particular danger must be clearly inherent to secular crowdfunding platforms, professed Christian platforms are not immune thereto. Since not all that say Lord, Lord are truly of the Lord, so are Crowdfunding or fundraising platforms not all of the Lord simply because they name his name.
The danger of leading your potential godless benefactor to feeling they are doing a God honoring deed by giving you alms or funding your Christian cause.
Again while this must be ever inherent to secular crowdfunding or fundraising platforms, professed Christian platforms are not immune to it either. Non evangelical Christian professing crowdfunding or fundraising platforms will likely attract godless/ ignorant Christian professing givers who might come across your campaign and (though unable to comprehend it) may still consider to give to it. In hope that doing so should commend their persons to God despite their impenitent lifestyles.
How to then tell which Christian platforms to use
- Avoid platforms that use social networks to publicize the funding campaigns or alms requests they host: – I am persuaded that the use of social medias to publicize a Christian funding/alms request is a sure indication of spiritual barrenness. Apart from that I find Facebook (amongst others) inconsistent with Christian temperance, Facebook users will often have friends of different faith and sharing your fund/alms request means that you are implicitly imploring the sympathy of every one of the of the friends in the network. Regardless of whether they name the name of the Lord and that in truth. And this is equivalent to the first danger discussed on this article as their source of funds cannot be vouched upon nor can their gifting still be called Christian charity/alms giving.
- Avoid platforms with careless use of media files like photos and videos (be it those featured on the platforms’ web-pages or those on published campaigns or requests): – Platforms that demonstrate carelessness through the use of media files that could pose a serious offense to visitors (such as sensual media files) will often declare themselves as the world’s own regardless of how often they may name the name of the Lord.
- Avoid platforms that hosts questionable alms requests or campaigns: – Questionable published campaigns indicates the spiritual ignorance of the platform’s officials – which on its own must spell evil.
- Avoid platforms with social media presence: – While open to hearing pious saint who could reason to the contrary, I do not find social media’s Christian friendly nor a necessary utility for a the well being of a Christian who must answer to holiness.
For true saints, fundraising or asking alms through a secular platform should never be an option. With regards to Christian profession platforms, discernment should be exercised. You shall see them by their fruits the Lord said. All that said, one of the likeChrist Ministries offers is an alms asking and giving platform that seeks to promote an evangelical and consequently God honorable charity giving.