There’s something I haven’t been entirely up front about on this blog. I haven’t hidden it, exactly, but I haven’t proclaimed it from the mountaintop either.
What is it, you ask? Well, if you must know, it’s that I belong to a church, buy into the whole faith thing, and got the t-shirt. (Really. Our church has t-shirts.)
Now, don’t worry, I’m not turning this blog into a religious venue. But I thought I should mention where my allegiance lies before I go much further.
You see, whenever I come across instances of Truly Bad Theology…
Oh, here. Just read this. It’s from a local church’s newsletter:
On Sunday, December 18th during both services we will have our “March to the Manger.” On that day, during the closing hymn, we will invite the congregation to bring a special offering to place in the manger to help us try to cover some of the additional expenses of 2016. Currently our expenses for the year are running about $12,000 ahead of our income.
Yes, you read that right. During the beauty and joy that is Christmas, this church asked its worshipers to lay money in the manger, hopefully to the tune of $12,000, but really anything you can spare will help.
Because as we know, Jesus was all about money. Right?
I’m tellin’ ya, if it was my first time attending worship that Sunday, it may have sworn me off churches for good. If I were a member of that church, I would quit.
This is the sort of thing that makes people say churches are out to get your money and they’re all a bunch of hypocrites. In truth, I don’t think it’s greed or hypocrisy behind this church’s move; I think it’s fear. And fear has a way of clouding judgement, even for people of faith, and can take us down that slippery slope toward Truly Bad Theology.
Anyway, I’ve made a decision not be quiet about it anymore. When I find instances of Truly Bad Theology, I’m going to shout it from the mountaintop.
(Well, I’ll post it here, at any rate.)
Oh, and if you’re a church trying to make up a shortage in the budget? It’s time to: a) have a heart-to-heart with your church members, b) never, ever, guilt worship attendees into giving, c) rethink your budget for next year, AND, d) increase your mission giving and projects, because you need to let go of your fear and focus on what being a church is all about.
Last thing, a personal request: A friend from work started a blog! (I’ve mentioned her before, she’s our lovely receptionist.) If you are someone who likes positive talk and being happy, you’ll enjoy her writing. Check it out and say hi! Here’s her link: Celebrate What’s Right