churches that rob each other??
Written by Anne Jackson on April 17, 2008 – 12:57 pm
ever since returning from africa, i’ve wondered something.
is it just me, or does THE CHURCH seem to have its funds distributed fairly unequally?
if we are all THE CHURCH (made up of individual, local churches)
and, if we are shown an example in acts 2:44-45:
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
is there a hard working children’s pastor making $75/week and who gets his office furniture from the side of the road because his church can’t afford to buy him any?
are churches closing because they don’t have enough money to sustain ministry?
edit: and i won’t even go into listing things that are broken in churches around the globe and in impoverished countries.
other churches are building multi-million dollar facilities…in the same town, on the same road, right across the street from each other?
…i could make this list longer, but i am sure you get the point.
Complicated question, no easy answer. I just know that there is sort of a Walmart/megachurch effect, in that those with the most resources, and the most money, tend to dry up any resources that other, smaller churches may have. I’m not down on Walmart or megachurches. It is 27 miles from my house to my church where I worship and work. I have wondered what would happen if everyone went to the local church in their community and gave of their resources (i.e. money, time, service, gifts, etc.). But instead, most of us drive clear across town to attend the cool church, or to find a ministry that meets our needs. In the process that church ends up sucking up all the resources…and most often, unintentionally.