Not As An Exaction

September 30, 2014

Summary

Judged by contemporary standards, the Apostle Paul employed some strange fundraising methods.  In our text, Paul encouraged the folks in Corinth to make an offering, to be diligent in stewardship, to do their best to give to the distressed saints in Jerusalem; but, curiously, he never said anything about the nature of their suffering.  What sorts of deprivation were they experiencing?  How great was their need?  Paul missed a golden chance to highlight something that could have increased the response of the Corinthians.

But maybe Paul had it right all along, wisely ignoring fundraising methods altogether and hammering home the theological theme he raised at the beginning.  The world might make its appeals for funds on the basis of need, obligation, self-satisfaction, prestige, sympathy – on things people have done – but Paul focused his energy instead on what God has done.

Bible References

  • 2 Corinthians 9:1 - 7