I'm still "sitting on the fence" when it comes to GoFundMe pages. While there are understandably some true needs out there, I have to admit, it really irks me to see people abusing it, just because they want instant gratification on something they don't want to save money for.
Whatever happened to working hard and waiting until you've saved up enough money to buy that car or house, or take that long-desired vacation? Oh - I see: You've maxed out your credit card have tons of payments that keep you broke each month because you have no common sense and don't know the meaning of self-control, and you really, really want that new car or house or whatever RIGHT NOW....
And you want SOMEONE ELSE to pay for it. Gosh, what else will you want us to pay for six months from now? (I know of some on Facebook who have had endless WANTS for years on end - and well-meaning people keep giving, thereby enabling these leeches on society.)
Many people don't think to ask WHY the rest of the world should be obligated to fund their particular desire for something, or pay for the damage some natural disaster did because the owner didn't secure insurance. WHY didn't the owner have insurance? WHY should the owner's lack of preparation and future planning become OUR problem?
Yes, it's clear that many who put up a GoFundMe page are doing it for all the wrong reasons - and they don't hesitate to use Scripture to "guilt" you into giving. Truth is, God ALSO expects everyone to be responsible stewards of what they own and what they want to eventually own., Unfortunately, some of the things missing in our society is individual responsibility, common sense, respect and self-control when it comes to NOT spending more than we make each month....
Proverbs 22:7 ...and the borrower is slave to the lender.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all the evils; because of this craving, some people have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves to the heart with many pains. 11 But you, as a man of God, flee from these things; and pursue righteousness, (CJB)
Luke 14:28 "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Don't you sit down and estimate the cost, to see if you have enough capital to complete it? 29 If you don't, then when you have laid the foundation but can't finish, all the onlookers start making fun of you 30 and say, `This is the man who began to build, but couldn't finish!' (CJB)