Giving to the Needy
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
It seems over the last few years it has become a trend to give money to people and then film it. Those videos are often posted on social media in exchange for recognition and sometimes monetary gain (sadly). Some of these videos have been said to be “social experiments” and make those less fortunate than ourselves and their choices a spectating sport. The principle of giving to those who are in need God completely agrees with, if anything he adores it. That said, if you decide to give for self-righteous reasons or want to glorify yourself, it is a better choice to give quietly.