Here in the Philippines, beggars are everywhere. They’re in streets, buses, schools, and malls. When they approach me, sometimes I reject their plea. Since God commanded us to help the needy, is it a sin not to do so?
What if you’re not that rich yourself? My family belongs to the low-middle class, my parents are unemployed, and me and my siblings are yet to graduate. Does that excuse me? Mom and dad told me it’s okay to give to those less fortunate than us, but only very sparingly, as I need money too. They say I can give frequently to the poor only once I have a stable job and sufficient savings for me to survive. Is that ok?
Or how about more petty things, like if my classmate asks me for a pen, but I refuse, because we all know that pen only has a 20% chance of being returned. Another example is when people ask me to do surveys but I turn them down because I just don’t feel like it or I don’t have the time. Is that sinful?