I’ve been meaning to write for some time now but I have been struggling to put into words what’s on my mind. I know there are people struggling right now with their life and all these disasters like the recent devastation in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico plus the current wildfires in California, so I’m confused with what the Church of Christ is up to. I can’t even explain it as I’m sure many are confused as well. Let me try to sort It out.
Right after hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the Church has been campaigning – but I’m not sure for what. I thought it would be for the hurricane victims so we should give aid like water and other materials. Instead we get a sermon on donations but NOT for the hurricane victims. I think many became confused after this because the DONATIONS were for OUR OWN chapels. How odd.
Why is there a need for Donations for chapels anyway? What is the purpose of the end of the year Thanksgiving? Isn’t that already for the chapels? In government, that is a crime because it is considered a form of double-dipping.
This is then followed by a campaign to offer for the 50th Anniversary of the Church in the West. Wait, what? We get a lesson in giving donations but not to those affected by storms and now it’s for the celebrations in Hawaii and California next year? Am I missing something?
Is the administration using all these tragedies to boost contributions but for OTHER reasons? I’m just not getting it.
One, it is very insensitive to campaign for Celebrations whilst there are brethren and congregations who were affected by the storms, earthquakes and fires. They need to fix their homes and yet are being told to give for the Anniversary? Did you know that in America, the government bodies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have waived many fees on insurance, fuel expenses and assorted monthly charges people have because they understand many people were affected by the recent storms, fires and earthquakes? Meanwhile the Church, in the most insensitive way once again asked brethren for offerings for the 2018 celebrations while people are still recovering from the disasters.
Second, didn’t we just recently have a special offering for the VERY SAME Anniversary? We’re doing it again??
Third, why have a Special Offering for the 50th if the Church can’t afford it. Ministers are campaigning to officers to offer more because there will be 2 large venues that will be rented. So if it’s expensive, why push to have it at all? It’s like having a large Wedding reception in a grand hotel which you can’t afford but push to have it anyway and then turn to your guests and say “you pay for it” so you can celebrate. Like my father always said, if you can’t afford to date, don’t get married.
And afterwards will the brethren have to say “Thank you po ka Eduardo”?
Let me cut to the chase. I know some will read this and say, “You see! They’re stopping us from giving offerings!” That’s not my point. My point is, it is improper to campaign to donate and yet it’s NOT for those who are in dire need of it.
And it certainly was never done to ask Offerings for a “celebration” by the previous Administrator. Like I said in a previous post, think back, did we ever have to offer for the 40th Anniversary Celebration? For the 30? 20? No? Why not? Because before, things were estimated, gathered, analysed and prepared first before even thinking of having large events. They never said we will celebrate but we need to gather money first. You know what that mentality is? It’s called the “BUY NOW PAY LATER” mentality. That’s how you get into debt people!
Permit me to repeat this, I’ve been quoting a lot recently, from Jesus:
“If you wanted to build a building, you would first sit down and decide how much it would cost. You must see if you have enough money to finish the job. If you don’t do that, you might begin the work, but you would not be able to finish. And if you could not finish it, everyone would laugh at you. Luke 14:28-29
What is one of the main points of Jesus? “You must see IF you have enough money to finish the job.” If you can’t afford something, DON’T DO IT!
Where in the Bible does it say that we have to rent 2 large venues so we can have a program? What is wrong with having a Worship Service in our respective chapels and giving our Thanksgiving? Aren’t we going to do that anyway? Why so much push to give for the Celebration? And more than one time?
And then if we don’t give much, we are under suspicion of being offended or being a Defender! For heaven’s sakes, it’s common sense!! Many brethren in Europe and Asia have have a set means of income. They cannot earn more than what they have. There is NO overtime for many of them. So if they set aside for their regular set offerings, that is it. The rest goes to their family and expenses. So please stop squeezing for more!
Plus look at the map of the United States; the ones hit by disasters are 3 of the biggest states – Texas, Florida and California. You think brethren in these areas don’t have enough to deal with? And the leaders decide, “Hey! Donate for the chapels and offer so we can celebrate next year!”
So how can the Church leaders command to give SPECIAL offerings pretty much every week for THIS activity and THAT activity while they cruise around all over the world at the brethren’s expense? Is it still special?
Perhaps the leaders should stop buying ghost towns with the offerings that it may be used for the repair of our chapels. After all, that is where the brethren expected it to go, wasn’t it? Which brother or sister put their offerings in last Sunday and said, “I hope they buy another ghost town with my offering today”?
Bottom line: Where are the offerings really going?
“They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger” Matthew 23:4 ESV