On Wednesday, Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano put his humble spirit front and center by posing with a giant donation check to the Smile Faith Foundation. Fasano is not the only local politician to engage in this behavior. In fact, for many other Pasco politicians, taking pictures behind giant checks for donations is a common practice. But Fasano, who ends most conversations with “God bless”, said that the decision to pose behind a giant check was “because of [his] faith”. He said that he was simply fulfilling what Jesus said in Matthew 6:1-4 :
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Fasano said that in order to exemplify this teaching more fully, he plans on publicizing all of his donations- including taking selfies with homeless people he gives money to, and taking before-and-after pictures of the offering plate at church.