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Blogger Steven Kryger at Communicate Jesus raised an interesting question this week when he asked whether Christians should ask for refunds or allow organizations to keep the money as a donation in help in the pending economic crisis.
“A friend works for an organization that runs Christian conferences and events. Almost all of their funding to run the ministry and pay their employees comes from people attending events – and these have now been forced to shut down,” he wrote.
“Many jobs are on the line, and many potential families impacted. But Christians are now contacting them for refunds,” Kryger added.
“Not only does this organization have no income for the foreseeable future (six months at least, and potentially longer) – they are being asked to return what little income they have received.”
This does pose a dilemma for Christians.
Of course, we should be willing to help support the organizations that give us value. However, if our own jobs appear to be on the line, should we be donating what could be hundreds of dollars for something we wanted or needed, but did not receive?
I had a cruise planned at the end of March. It was cancelled a few weeks ago and the cruise line gave me the option of getting a refund or applying the amount paid to a future cruise.
I weighed the decision and decided to carry the money forward knowing that the cruise line was put in a horrible position and desperately needed money for their survival.
But, not everyone has that luxury.
I guess what it boils down to is if you really need the money at the moment, I don’t see a problem asking for a refund. Have a conversation with God and trust his response. If he says to get the refund, by all means, then do so.
But, if you can live without the initial investment, then consider it seed sown to advance the kingdom. We all know what the Bible says about the return on investment in kingdom-building activities.
In Luke 6:38, Jesus told his disciples, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
You can read Steven Kryger’s complete blog at Communicate Jesus.