Personal note: Sonja and I are away this week on vacation so I decided to go back and reblog some of the more popular blogs I’ve posted. It’s hard to believe that I first starting blogging in 2009. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to review my daily musings. I hope you enjoy going down memory lane with me this week.
This blog was originally posted on October 8, 2012 and is one of the most widely read posts I’ve ever posted. Why?
- Romans 15:27 (NKJV) It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
Recently Sonja and I spent a few vacation days in Orlando, FL. Hands down, the place we enjoyed visiting the most was TBN’s “The Holy Land Experience”.
But here’s the deal: on the way in we were both grumbling about how much we were sure we were going to be charged for parking and for the tickets and for the food. Amazingly, the parking was free and the tickets, while pricy, were nothing compared to Sea World and Disney. And the food, while excellent (for a theme park) was cheaper than Sea World and Disney.
As I spent the day there soaking in the excellent shows, other events and displays I became convicted. I had thought nothing of paying outrageous prices for tickets and parking at Sea World and Disney, but when it came to a Christian organization, I came prepared to be resentful and stingy.
That is the spirit of the age. There is a growing cynicism toward all things Christian. We expect to pay outrageous prices for a meal at a nice restaurant. Dinner and a movie requires selling one of our children into slavery and if you plan on getting popcorn and a soda you’d better plan on taking out a second mortgage or selling one of your vital organs as well. Yet when it comes to church, we expect “world class” week after week for a few dollars and if we do tithe, we consider that we’re doing God a favor.
Dear friend, something is bad wrong with America – we all know this – what we’re willing to pay the world vs. the church goes a long way toward explaining why we’re in so much trouble.