According to the associated press, a couple have responded to the charitable post-Katrina gift of a new home by reselling it at a profit.

A church that wanted to do something special for Hurricane Katrina victims gave a $75,000 house, free and clear, to a couple who said they were left homeless by the storm. But the couple turned around and sold the place without ever moving in, and went back to New Orleans.

How should the church respond? Or how does any church respond when its generosity is taken advantage of?

It seems like this is really to be expected. When Christians try to love as Christ loved, people will reject it and the trust that the church puts in people may be betrayed. But that is no reason not to try to help people.

It seems that the ‘story’ here is the size of the house and lack of gratitude of the the recipients, because Christians and churches often give without expecting thanks or reciprocation. The article says ‘church members said they feel their generosity was abused by scam artists’, as if to group all the members together, but it is likely to be the case that they do not all feel the same way as the outraged individual interviewed.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 says;

Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

On the other hand, the elders of the church have a responsibility to be good stewards of the money that they have been entrusted with…

Found via: Christdot.