Be careful what you say, Todd. I have seen this in churches. Expecially peferential treatment to the ones controlling how the money is spent.
Our family did an experiment. Instead of paying tithes by checks as we had done for years, we started to pay with cash. We would put our money in the plate after covering it with a one dollar bill. Other times we would hand our money to a child or other person indicating that we had to go to the bathroom or some other small errand. So, the ushers never saw us actually put any significant amount of money in the offering. The reaction was definitely truth-telling. We decided to do this because of remarks and actions already taking place within the church regarding the money donated.A church not in Illinois.
I kind of think this is what Todd was getting at--churches are often no different than any other organization. What was that about, he who is without sin can cast the first stone?
All organizations, including churches, State of Illinois, or whatever must be held accountable! Of course, God is holding all of us accountable. But as citizens, it is also our responsibility to demand accountability. Sometimes it is ourselves we must cast the first stone at.
This topic really scares me. Our politicians, churches, corporations, schools and individuals are banking on all of us not casting a stone. If we all stay silent, then the wrong doers have exactly what they want.Some people speak out at the first sign of evil, others wait until it affects them personally. Others refuse to ever take a stand. All of us are responsible for what we do not say, as well as for what we do say.
A lot of Church's biggest donater of money is the government. By not having to pay taxes on their income or property taxes on their Churchs or Parsonages. Preferential treatment is then REQUIRED by the government. A pastor can not say who he is voting for from the pulpit or who he thinks his congregation should vote for. I hear poeple say they don't think a pastor should say anything political anyways but they don't seem to care when the local union crams it down their throats or some celebrity tells you how you should vote. I think it is time that the Churchs start paying their taxes and say what they want to say. Quit beating qround the bush and giving out these pamplets that lead you in the right direction. You are our spritual leaders it is about time you start LEADING. So we don't end up with a president who is for abortion and has no problem with homosexuality or think that the bible supports slavary.I believe in the near future you will find out how much this not paying taxes is really going to cost us Christians. The government is already keeping you silent on certain topics and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
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