P.S.A. YOU CANNOT BUY ANYTHING FROM GOD!! GOD PROVIDES ALL FOR FREE!! YES, HE ASKS FOR YOUR TRUST, YOUR OBEDIENCE, YOUR FAITH, AND EVEN YOUR TITHE!! BUT A TITHE IS NOT ALWAYS MONEY!! IF ANY PREACHER TELLS YOU THAT A TITHE CAN ONLY BE GIVEN IN THE FORM OF MONEY, THEN HE OR SHE IS EITHER AN INTENTIONAL LIAR OR A SIMPLE AND MISGUIDED SOUL!! WE CAN NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE IGNORANT OF THE VERY GOD WE CLAIM TO LOVE AND SERVE. THANKS TO MARTIN LUTHER, BACK IN THE DAY, WE ARE ABLE TO SEE, STUDY, AND LEARN THE WORD OF GOD FOR OURSELVES.......IF WE SO CHOOSE! BUYING STOCK IN MERE MEN/WOMEN, IS ALWAYS A RISK!! WHEN YOU MAKE IT ALL ABOUT MONEY, MORE SO THAN GOD, THEN YOUR MARKET WILL CRASH.......MANNN!!!
Laziness, plays into these situations, I believe. This laziness is on the part of many congregation members. Lots of folks think that as long as they give that monetary tithe and extra cash offerings, they are good and need not do anything else. The way a lot of corrupt men preach today, you'd believe such nonsense. In laziness, we just take the man of a sort of god's word for it all. I'm not saying we have to be debating all the time and challenging our leaders, but it's no different from your high school and college courses. Healthy debate and dialogue are all part of the learning and growing process. My daughter and I had a bit of an argument this morning. She took my response to a particular thing as a blanket response to all other interests of hers. It was about swim suits. Dad's and daughters will rarely ever agree in this matter. When she went silent, I could not be lazy and allow that. I asked about other options and she had several, that would have never been seen, had I not continued to talk to her. In furthering the conversation, she felt better and got a BETTER understanding of my point of view and why I said what I said about the first swim suit. Think about it. Slavery was justified by folks back in the day, through misuse of Scripture. Too often, we believe in things until there is a challenge. It is sad to think that the Word has to defend itself against itself! Who pits the Word against itself? WE DO!!
We honor God with what we have and with what we are able to give. For those of us who believe money is all God asks of us in tithing, what about the poor and homeless?? What about those who have no money?? Do we condemn them to hell because they are "failing God?" If all I had was my writing, and of every 100 pieces, 10 of them were praises, sermons and words honoring and teaching about God, what would you think of me? If I were a farmer and set aside a 10th of every harvest to feed the poor in my community, would you judge me for not dropping bills in the collection plate at church on Sunday?
We, the people, play a huge role in the crashing of the markets of men! The hardness in which they fall has everything to do with the heights to which we elevate them. I remember a pastor telling his congregation, "Y'all are supposed to be taking care of me, NOT the other way around!!" To an extent, I agree, but it's not something you stand in the pulpit and demand of your flock (if it is truly YOUR flock to start with). God will provide for His servants, through people, but HOW HE SEES FIT!! Imagine a great preacher in a pulpit not his. Imagine a pastor of a flock, never intended to be his. I believe that there are awesome ministers out there who were never meant to pastor, but have made it their calling. Perversion and corruption inhabit every course except the one you're meant to be on. When you are out of place, nothing will last and you will find more struggle to stay where you are than not.
"Honey Drippers" we are with words. You catch more flies with honey, right? Even Jesus spit salt every now and again, but that's not what any of us really wants to hear when we go to church. We want to continue to hear and believe that God will bless us and bless us and bless us, while never having to do anything for anyone else. With every blessing comes an assignment of stewardship. This is where we can be identified as selfish. When we prove ourselves to be sucky stewards over God's grace, we choke the hose to the faucet. Then, we wonder why the yard is drying up. If we take honest looks at our lives, as they are, we will find blessings we never recognized as blessings. We will realize how neglectful we've been to many of these blessings! We will replay days, moments, and situations in our heads where we saw our true blessings look upon us with disappointed eyes, as we pour into the thoughts and imaginations of future and further blessings! Mothers, Fathers, Sons, Daughters, Husbands, Wives, Family & Friends are ALL blessings to our lives. God honors those of us who honor these. It ALWAYS starts at home.......even church!!
You know what? I'm gonna stop right here. Just friggin THINK people!! THINK FOR YOURSELVES!! SEEK FOR YOURSELVES!! Such news as a major spiritual leader falling, as Mr. Dollar has, is not news to me. It's expected, but never news! Staying on the ground prevents devastating falls, let alone jet crashes!!
HAPPY SATURDAY!! CATHARTIC, this has been! I LOVE ALL Y'ALL!!