Some Catholics are getting the cold shoulder over the Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping social media on Facebook and Twitter right now. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness and funds for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease.
There are many reasons why Catholics are saying not to get involved in the ice bucket challenge (named from the act of literally pouring a bucket of ice and water on top of your head); from the theological debates to the social activism debates.
For example, one debate I heard was that Catholics are supposed to do their giving behind closed doors and not draw attention to themselves. Another debate I heard says that funds should be collected for ALS-related agencies because of the type of research being done.
On the other side, I have heard people argue for the challenge saying that bringing awareness to any cause or disease is a good thing; Catholics are not supposed to hide in a bubble. To simpler debates that the challenge is fun, brings awareness to a good cause, and is just a way to have fun doing it.
I myself fall on the side of it’s a good cause, and it’s a fun way to bring awareness to a disease many people may not be aware of. I was challenged to do the bucket challenge, and I accepted.
Here is a video of my challenge:
What do you think of the challenge? Are you for, or against it, and why?