Won’t You Help Those Who Are Perfectly Capable of Helping Themselves?

I’m a big fan of online charity. In fact, there are still plenty of places where you can give money to Haiti.

The International Red Cross and UNICEF are the most common charities. There are also religious organizations who look for donations online to help out the poor and needy. These are all perfectly worthy causes.

And then there’s this.

Stephen Baldwin has a new Web site, you guys! It’s called “The Restoration of Stephen Baldwin” and it is just too much. The basic premise is that Stephen Baldwin has decided he is Job, as in, the Book of Job. We know this because Baldwin introduces the site with the following mission statement: “Everyone knows that God restored Job, but do they understand the mechanism of his restoration? Job was restored by the people. By ‘All Who Knew Him’. This website was created to see a rebirth of that mechanism.”

So Stephen Baldwin now has a website? Oh, well that’s not so bad. I suppose this website was set up so he could use his influence in the Chritian community to get people to send charity to the people who most need it (i.e. those who have lost their homes and jobs).

See, according to Stephen Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin has been denied jobs and the financial remuneration that typically accompanies employment because he has been so vocal about his faith, which, in case you didn’t know, is that of Christianity! “He has been publicly ridiculed and insulted by people who think that he has been abandoned by God,” he writes, using the always endearing (and business savvy!) third person. Examples of said persecution, according to the persecuted, include comments like “this sucks for him,” “why doesn’t God just pay his mortgage payments?,” and the stinging “he’s such a loser and it’s so sad.” Here’s one more, from us: It’s not entirely clear whether Baldwin has even read the Book of Job.

Okay then. So this is a website (which claims it is unaffiliated with Stephen Baldwin) dedicated to getting good decent Christians to donate money to a poor poor poor… celebrity with a lot of money who now has slightly fewer millions of dollars than he used to.

After all, it was Jesus himself who said, “Blessed are the slightly less wealthy, for they shall inherit the Earth.”