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"Charity begins at home. We should only support charities in the UK."

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Jenny Smith 11C RE coursework 2. "Charity begins at home. We should only support charities in the UK." I disagree with this statement for many reasons. If we were to only give money to charities in the UK, we would be turning our back on many millions of people who have just as worthy a cause as many of the charities within our own country. We are taught as Christians that it should not matter where a person comes from when they need us. This is illustrated in the story of the Good Samaritan. In this story we are told how a Samaritan, who are hated by all Jews stops to help a Jew lying in the road, when many more people had simply passed by. By only donating to charities in our own country, we are simply closing our minds to the suffering that is happening in the rest of the world. ...read more.


Although it is important to support charities that work in our own country, it is equally important to support those that work worldwide, and so it is often best to donate money to charities which work where help is needed, including in our own country. By doing so, we are ensuring that our donation is used where it is needed most, and so we are helping in away which ensures those in need receive the necessary help and support. Some people feel that we cannot try to 'solve the problems of the world' while there are still many problems in our own country. This a valid point of view, but if each country was left to solve it's own problem with no outside help, many people would die from many things, starvation to illness due to contaminated water supplies. Many of the countries where aid goes simply do not have enough money or resources to help its own people, and ...read more.


An example of this can be seen in The Methodist church, which recognises that all Christians have an obligation to "(a) give relief to those in need, (b) to ensure rehabilitation after natural disasters, and (c) to assist in fundamental development." This same principle is seen in the teaching of all the churches, and so it is expected that Christians should give to all charities, not just those which support work in the UK. As Christians, therefore, it is impossible to ignore the suffering across the world and still claim to be following the 'Christian Code' so to speak. It is important to support people across the world who are suffering, and not to be prejudiced by the fact that these people live in a different country. If we neglect the charities that work abroad, especially in the developing world, we are causing the already substantial gap between the developed and developing worlds to widen, and so causing those who are already suffering to suffer even further. ...read more.

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