Saturday, February 28, 2009

What Are Churches For, Anyway?

Last night the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams presented its usual Friday night segment of "Making A Difference." I want you, dear readers, to know that I was appalled. They reported on this "church" in Chicago that is making a difference, at least in the minds of the producers.

Can you believe this? These people go to church in a rented public school auditorium. The pastor doesn't have an office or a staff. The musicians practice in someones home, rather than at a church. This "church" doesn't even have a gymnasium. The poor people, who attend it have to use public facilities, I suppose. The report didn't say, but I expect that the people who attend are not really "members." That would mean that the "church" has no bylaws and, God forbid, how could they discipline members, who step out of line. Why I'll bet there is not even a church doctrine that members must follow.

So...why do these people torture themselves like this you ask? If you can bring yourself to believe it, they do it to help those less fortunate. Most of the money received goes for such things as paying for someones brain surgery, or to assist a young single mom whose daughter has cerebral palsy. They gave her $11,000.

Now I ask you, couldn't that money have been used for something better? What about the PAC's which have to exist some way? What about fighting gay marriage? Why that money could have been put to good use in the recent election to defeat the devil Obama. At the rate that they take in money they could build a nice multi-million dollar structure, complete with gym and spa, a diamond vision screen, so they can see the pastor and the other performers, and a state of the art sound system. What a waste!

The scary part of this whole episode is that other people probably saw this on the news, and they might be influenced by it. This could do irreparable damage to churches as we know them. What if too many people are taken in by this ruse? Millions will be lost as people in need are given assistance. How will the politicians exist, if their Christian base becomes benevolent toward those in need, instead of political causes? It could be a dark future for many in the business of running churches. Frankly, I don't think the world is ready for it, but what about God? Oh no! I forgot about Him! He just might bless this kind of thing. you think He might?

Watch this, if you dare, but beware, you might have some kind of good feeling afterward:


Diane J Standiford said...

LOL, I can't tell if you are serious. Couldn't pull up the vid and didn't see the TV, but sounds great to me. Money for the needy in your own backyard---what next? Cleaning a homebound person's house instead of going to an expensive gym? Amen.

Shannon said...

Great tongue-in-cheek commentary there. Enjoyed it.

Shannon again said...

I watched that by myself and then called my husband in here to watch it because we just had the conversation last week on religion (after watching Fireproof) and how out of control the churches are and away from the true spirit of church.