Wednesday, July 08, 2009

He Who Dies With the Most Toys Loses

(Sigh)...Once again our priorities in the American Church are sadly misplaced.

We claim to follow a God who gave away everything to save us. We are encouraged to be like Him and to surrender our resources for the good of others rather than hording it all to comfort ourselves while others suffer.

Today's news brought this:
Televangelist builds $4 Million Mansion – Lays Off Workers; Freezes Wages & Retirement Accounts

“A religious broadcaster is building a $4 million home in a gated, lakefront community, while at the same time his ministry has cut jobs and reset thermostats to save money in its new headquarters...

“In addition to laying off workers, the newspaper reported, the ministry froze wages and stopped making contributions to 401(k) retirement accounts. The thermostat on the network's new building was cut to 65 degree during the winter.”


Believe it or not, Jesus spent a lot of time warning his disciples against the lure of money and it’s adverse affects on those who seek the Kingdom of God.

Listen to Jesus:

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." – Matthew 19:23-24

"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." - Luke 16:13

"Do not save riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, save riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are." - Matthew 6:19-21

“Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." – Luke 12:15

As we follow Jesus, let’s not forget that His Kingdom is upside down from this world we live in. Success is found in giving away our possessions. Greatness is found at the feet of others, serving them and loving them.

He who dies with the most toys loses.



JP said...

I once worked in a call center that took calls for that ministry and dozens of other well known ones.

It was eye opening to say the least.

Mike said...

Wow what a story.I tremble the at the thought of what is awaiting Mr. Cerullo. I cannot call him brother for we do not read the same ancient texts nor do we worship the same G-d.
I fear for him and those whom he has deceived.

Michelle said...

I just found your blog and read your most recent 2 posts. I like what you have to say; I agree. I like your definition of subversive on the sidebar. I recognize, appreciate, and reciprocate your passion!
I am also a writer, and would love for you to read mine as well. God bless you and your ministry!! -Michelle