We aren't so far apart as that. No I wouldn't sell my soul for a few bucks or a bunch. In fact there are many things we won't do, even good things, because they aren't right for our ministry.
I was only speaking in response to Billys question about how closely we vet our donors. and in that regard I said I would take money from the Devil himself. I stand by that statement.
I think drug dealers are about the vilest people going. They make their living exploiting and hurting others. But if a dealer wants to assuage his guilt by giving us a couple gees. I think we ought to take it to the bank rejoicing. First, I'd be awed to think that we have made a pretty good impression in some practical way to elicit such a response from such a person. By taking the money I have the opportunity to engage the giver. We don't just minister to our guests, we minister to our staff, volunteers our donors, our neighbors and the stranger at our door... And I know that we can do more good with that money than he can. It feels great to reclaim these resources from the Devil and use them for God and for good.
A large construction company called and asked if they could make a thanksgiving donation. I knew from reading the newspaper that they needed some good PR to help deflect recent bad press, and we were it. Knowing that "the Handshake" would be photographed and shopped, I prepared a statement that would use that press coverage to highlight the needs of the homeless in this season. They pulled their string and I pulled mine. Plus I got lots of great food for the Pantry.
Bars? Yes! Godless Multinational Corporations? Yes! Insipid Civil Servants? Yes! Misguided and Manipulative Members? Yes!...
Almost every donation has strings attached. You have to be persuasive, persistent, and creative. You don't sell your soul, you sell ministry. And yes, Bob, sometimes you Just Say No.
Do we agree?