How Do You Do Charity? (May-Jun 2002)

By Matt Dabbs

By Moses Maimonides
May-June 2002

Eight levels of charity

  • To give reluctantly
  • To give cheerfully but not adequately
  • To give cheerfully and adequately, but only after being asked
  • To give cheerfully, adequately, and of your own free will, but in such a way as to make the recipient feel demeaned
  • To let the recipient know who the donor is but not the reverse
  • To know who is receiving your charity but to remain anonymous to him
  • To have neither the donor nor the recipient be aware of the other’s identity
  • To dispense with charity altogether, by enabling your fellow humans to have the wherewithal to earn their own living.

–13th century Jewish theologian Moses Maimonides

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of


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