Alms by definition is providing to the deprived seeker. Jesus in the Sermon of the Mount has this to say regarding alms giving:
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
There is a possibility of conflation of the idea of ‘alms giving’ and ‘Offering to God’ as is expounded by Jesus at Mark 12:
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
The reason for conflation appears to have its genesis in the idea of ‘giving something to someone, which is not due’.
The first passage from the Bible is predicated on sharing one’s resources with a less fortunate person; the second is predicated upon one’s sense of gratitude towards God. In both the instances the question of repayment doesn’t arise, though ‘reward’ has been promised by Jesus in the case of alms giving.
Yet these are two classes of ‘giving’ and Jesus spoke of ‘alms giving’ to be done in secret and not for recognition by other human beings, whereas the offering to God may be forced by circumstances to be done in the open.
While talking of ‘loving one’s neighbour’ , Jesus gives the allegory of the Good Samaritan.
The Good Samaritan did something which was neither planned nor provisioned for, but the moment he found himself in a situation which warranted human interference to save another life, the Samaritan went into helping the man with his resources. That was an instance of ‘Loving one’s neighbour’.
So where do we slot the United Nations’ WFP and its Director David Beasley, who named and urged Elon Musk to be charitable and alleviate the hunger of those who starve globally and naming the figure of usd 6.6 billion?
The United Nations and its various arms, with avowed roles to play in specific areas, which have been the recipient of largesse from Nations, has now through UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) turned with a begging bowl to billionaires for carrying out its avowed charter, which seems ridiculous.
To openly name potential donors without their consent is worse still! To put an amount of $ 6.6 billion for rescuing the starving population soon after Elon Musk became the world’s richest person smacks of greed – based on a thought that “if he has it, he has to share it”, after all I am the repository of all altruistic global efforts on eradicating hunger! And this David Beasley becomes an ALMS ADMINISTRATOR!
Elon Musk is not one who is taken in by these cerebral blackmails! After all he has gone through the knife’s edge to get wherever he is. No single man has had greater altruistic feelings for mankind than Elon Musk himself – who could have thought that we got to plant people in other planets so that if the Earth faced the threat of elimination, we could save mankind and ensure its survival at least in other planets? None – even the UN doesn’t have such lofty ambitions.
Elon just did not sell the idea of interplanetary space faring civilisation and make his billions, he did something concrete and helped a nation’s Space exploration at a much minimised cost, with NASA. Elon knows all about what money can do! When David Beasley of WFP tried that silly request, Elon came up with the issue of transparency in accounting! Beasley said that all their accounts are open! What a white lie it is.
If one were to visit the accounts of the various data available on the operational expenses of the UN programmes, it is easy to find that their accounting policies are couched in a set of rules and practices which are as transparent as a nimbus clouds- it promises a downpour but sheds no light!
The media which have been the beneficiary of the advertisements of these UN arms have been concocting articles portraying as if Elon had committed a faux pas by having demanded an open accounting process!
In the name of charity, we have seen Nations selling arms to itself and defraying those expenses out of the UN funds! Inviting people as goodwill ambassadors of UN and providing junkets to celebrities and their cohorts – not that it shouldn’t be done, but when one uses others’ resources one should show a semblance of modesty! That’s been lacking and that is what Elon wanted.
But at the end of it, if Elon wants to do his charity why should he do it through another agency? After all Bill Gates and his ex wife have their own Charities, why not a richer person like Elon?
People tend to forget that Elon has NOT REACHED THE AGE OF WARREN BUFFETT OR BILL GATES OR JEFF BEZOS! Elon has plenty of time left, while he is still fighting his multiple battles with Tesla’s competitors like Rivian and Lucid, just in one vertical of his business, why push him?
When Elon’s right hand does Charity, even his left hand would NOT know it. He has already rescued mankind from inflated bills and expense-account writing businesses! What Elon has taught mankind is far more charitable than what he can spend on WFP and their charter!
Leave Elon alone 🔥