Ever since I was a child my dad claimed that I would be wealthy one day, he felt that the Lord had something special for me and it related to finances. So I’ve always had a notion that I would be rich.
In the years that followed I remember our Senior Pastor, Joe Fuiten, of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, WA say ‘you can’t have the gift of giving money if you don’t have the gift of making money.’ My thoughts of being rich never, ever, got in the way of what God may want to do with my life. Money and God’s will went hand in hand in my mind.
Let me be clear: I’m not rich. I wanna be rich but it hasn’t happened just yet.
When I attended Northwest College in the early 90’s I shared this thought and boy was I shocked at the response I got from my fellow Bible school-mates. I don’t know if they were threatened by the way I thought about riches or were just down right mean but they didn’t like the subject that a Christian should want to be rich.
Which brings me to my blog for the day.
My brother posted a comment on Facebook the other day that read: Christians are not supposed to be poor. It is time to gain victory in the financial arena. It was a quote he received from Harold R. Eberle.
This didn’t bother me as much as it stirred up the Bible thumpers that are his friends. I say friends and think friends but some of the things said were very sharp in tone.
Back and forth the jabs went. There were pastors that agreed with the post and there were pastors that didn’t agree with the post. There were claims of what rights spiritual leaders have when saying things. One would post their scripture, the other would call it bunk and post their own scripture.
This made me feel very uncomfortable. Not because it’s my brother, he’s been fighting his own battles ever since grade school when I wouldn’t back him up. [Yeah, I wasn’t the best big brother in those days]. Still, I think jumping in to defend someone’s Facebook post is not necessary. He posted it, he believes it, who cares what others think.
What made me feel uncomfortable was men of God, who I know well, were really taking personal shots and a lot of them were said in sarcasm. No matter what you believe, I’m sure we can agree that when others read Pastor’s debating this way in an open public forum it doesn’t do much in setting a positive example to those that don’t believe. This isn’t iron sharpening iron in my opinion this is the tongue being unleashed. So much so I question if pastors should even comment on threads within Facebook.
I remember years ago playing basketball with some ‘men of God’ that were so elegant on stage, behind the pulpit with their Bible. Yet on the court they were dirty, dirty players. There was a game I was officiating and one player who was an elder in our church, took his shirt off, threw it to my feet, got in my face to scream how much of a horrible ref I was.
This individual should reconsider playing basketball. Ever. There are pastors that should not do Facebook for this very reason.
For me this is less about posts we agree with and disagree with and more about holding our tongue even if we disagree or agree with someone’s stance.
Let me close with this. There is something about rich people. How they think, talk, walk and carry themselves. It’s fascinating to me the amount of confidence they have. I believe that in the church we belittle ourselves too much and have a poverty mindset that prevents us from walking in the same type of confidence the rich have.
If we as Christians walked in the spirit with the same type of confidence the rich have, we would see supernatural healings more and more. Supernatural healing was an important part of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus met the lost where they were and actually gave them something. Jesus followed the WIFM effect. In sales, WIFM stands for What’s In It For ME. Hurting people needed something, Jesus gave them what they needed and then they listened and heard the good news. If we as the church could walk in that confidence we would have the faith to lay hands on strangers and meet their needs. Needs must be met before our ‘message’ is received.
That’s my two cents…er…two million dollars. 🙂