The following story caught my eye. Jesus threw the money-changers from the temple. He should return and throw this guy out of his plane….
You may have heard the story a few months ago about an Atlanta-based minister who claimed he needed a $65 million private jet so he could “safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide.” But almost as quickly as Pastor Creflo Dollar asked his 200,000 followers to each donate $300.00 [each] towards the purchase of a luxurious jet, the campaign vanished and was removed from his website.
But now, the board of World Changers Church International — which also operates as Creflo Dollar Ministries, has announced it is ready to purchase the plane.
“We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate.”
This has got to be one of the biggest shams ever, and there’s so much delusion it’s hard to even figure out where to begin.
Let’s start with the money. Imagine what could be accomplished with $65 million! That’s a lot of money. Do you think Jesus would have wanted his earthly representatives travelling the globe in luxurious accommodations? Or do you think Jesus would have wanted to see that $65 million used to feed the poor, help the homeless, improve education, or just make some kind of huge impact to help humanity?
The final paragraph says it all: think of the good that money could do, especially since “World Changers Church International” presumably was organized to help the poor. But this is an old story and isn’t restricted to this man or this obscene expenditure. The Christian Church since the days of Constantine, at the very least, has sold out to Mammon. Victorian Bishops lived in palaces and we read often about corrupt and selfish church officials that are bent on living in a grand style. Dante put numerous Popes in Hell because of their corruption which resulted from their succumbing to the lure of money and power. It is possible, I suppose, that Pastor Dollar (how’s that for a revealing name??) is a decent man, but it defies logic and history to suppose for an instant that he cannot be corrupted. If Dante were only alive today….
But, again, when one considers how much good the filthy rich could do with the money they buy trinkets with and hide away in off-shore accounts and homes in Europe one’s mind is already boggled. There is no argument I know of that allows us to say that the rich ought to help others. But there are religions that all agree this would be the right thing to do. It’s not a question of logic and argument; it is a question of conscience.
Hugh, in the immortal words of Reverend Jim Bakker of the defunct PTL Club, “The Lord wanted me to have nice things.” This, of course, was his answer to the question by Ted Koppel as to why he had solid gold faucets. Of course, the Baghwan had 77 Rolls Royces, I believe before he was arrested. To be in his flock, you had to give up your money. And, as you note there are many more. Good post. BTG
And yet these fools, including some of our most ardent republican leaders and candidates, claim to be christians and that this is a christian nation. Have these clowns ever even read about Jesus???
I seriously doubt it.
Reading ‘about’ Jesus tends to be no guarantee of acquaintance with the Gospel of Christ, to be sure. “Not all those who say: Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom, but those that do the Will of my Father in Heaven.” Faith without works is dead…etc. One must ‘meet’ with him (Jesus) on the road to Damascus (Conversion).
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Considering the way money is thrown around, greedily and sloppily these days — even more than ever, it seems — I don’t know if there’s a needle with an eye big enough.
…or a camel small enough! Thanks, Dana.
Amen to that, Hugh!!!
Not to toot* my horn (toot*), but the greatest compliment I can imagine for a Modern American Poet would be that they were the American Dante. Oh wait. It’s not my imagination: https://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Heart-Birth-Sojourner/dp/1467947059