My question conerns Matthew 6: 3-4 which reads
(3) But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, (4) so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
My questions are:
1.) What does verse 3 mean? Be secretive about almsgiving?
2.) If I give a gift, is writing it off my taxes less secretive than not writing it off? Should I not write the gift off in order to keep it hidden? Or is it better to make these deductions and get the tax break in order than I might give more? Or maybe do a combination of both?
I know that second one sounds odd, but I’ve really been wondering about it.