Fleeced

Posted: January 27, 2010 in Church Leadership, Random

When you go into a restaurant it should cost whatever it costs for the meal and service in one single fee.  Tips are stupid and an annoying tradition that should be outlawed immediately…but that’s just me.

Being fleeced doesn’t stop there.  If you really pay attention to your cell phone bill, your closing costs, or your utility bill it will make you feel like you are getting fleeced all over again.  Everyone is piling on the charges to what should be simple and straight-forward bill.

I think the local church is doing the same things with Haiti.  If the church really wanted to help people (both inside and outside) they would build  disaster relief into their budget.  It doesn’t take a genius to know another one is coming around the corner.  There were 7 major ones this decade…9/11, Katrina, Ike, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar, Sichuan Earthquake, Kashmir earthquake, and Bam Earthquake, Iran.  All these represent billions in actual and residual damages, plus half a million casualties.

It seems like every church goer in America got fleeced over the last month, because there was a horrific tragedy in Haiti.  Should the church help…absolutely.  Would we want someone to do the same things for us…yes.  I just don’t think taking up lots of extra offerings, or fleecing people for their spare change, truck payment, or coffee money is the answer.

Even after the offering I would venture to guess it’s still a fraction of what a church could do if people actually tithed.  Sure we will never get everyone to tithe, but that doesn’t mean we should rescue the widow, the poor, and the orphan by fleecing people by flaunting a tragedy before their eyes.  Essentially, the church has resorted to taking an offering to pay for budget items (or things we value) and take up special offerings every time we want to look good.

Thoughts?

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Comments
  1. TheDeeZone says:

    One think I like about attending an SBC church is the cooperative program that supports many programs including Baptist Disaster relief. The yellow shirts are often one of the first groups at many disasters.

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