Sometimes, It's Better NOT to Give
Our Finance Chair recently alerted me to a website he thought I’d be interested in, “Stuff Christians Like.” In particular, he wanted me to see Jon Acuff’s blog picture of “The Worst Thing Ever Put in an Offering Basket.” And here it is:
Yes indeed, that is a $75 check with a definite “VOID” scrawled on the diagonal and the notation “Drums Way to Loud” above the signature. Bad spelling aside – it made me wonder what happened when the treasurer discovered it? Was the pastor notified? And what did he or she do?
Once the initial shock (and I hope a good laugh) abated – whoever saw this check probably found it deeply troubling and depressing. In my perfect world, this check would have led to a great four-part sermon series on:
The purpose of tithing
Using money as a weapon
Passive-aggressive behavior in the body of Christ
Loud drums in worship (and being passive-aggressive myself, I’d bring in the high school drum line for “special” music)
It’s up to you to teach how money can be used for good or for ill. Don’t assume others are doing that for you. You are the instructor. And, you have a great textbook – the Bible. Use it and your influence or some day you too may receive that dreaded voided check.
P.S. – It’s Halloween, so here’s a special link to “Was Jesus or Adam a Zombie?” You be the judge.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.