Why David Beckham isn’t a Revolutionary

So everyone’s pretty excited about the fact that David Beckham is giving his salary for the next five months to a charity. I won’t deny it, I think it’s pretty cool too. After years and years of people being unhappy that sports stars make so much money just to play sport, it’s good to see one of them doing something so generous. But I also think that, in the long run, it won’t really affect him that much.

Check this out:

Mark 12:21-44
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”
(NIV)

I think it’s really easy to look at someone like David Beckham and think that what he’s doing is revolutionary because it’s such a big amount of money. But I also think that the true revolutionaries are the people who give when they don’t have much at all, when they struggle to afford to pay for their groceries, never mind donating to charities. But people like this aren’t in the lime light like Mr Beckham is, so they go unnoticed, just like the widow.

I don’t know this for certain but I highly doubt that Beckham will have to give up very much in his life to donate this money. Five month’s salary will be nothing in comparison to the millions that he’s made in all the years he’s been a footballer. Even if his contract is extended and he continues to donate I doubt he’ll be out of pocket by much when it comes to an end.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I think David Beckham is an idiot or that this is some sort of publicity stunt, I highly doubt that, but I just think we should remember those who donate money to charity constantly who can’t really afford to do it; those are the true revolutionaries.

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