Recently I saw this on a giving card that a church handed to it’s congregants.
“WE RECOGNIZE THAT FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING OUR CHURCH, IS ONE OF THE WAYS WE WORSHIP GOD.”
Underneath it was all the details for you to give them money.
I have been fascinated over the last number of years at the churches relationship with money and even more so the kind of language that the church uses to advocate for getting more money into the church. Hint: It’s drastically different than the way that Jesus ever talked about money.
Churches have always come across as the entitled main vessel for 10% of a Christian’s income. Pastors even more so. But it’s the language of how they get there that is always interesting. Where does one get an idea that supporting a building and all its expenses, paid staff, children’s programs, leadership retreats, websites, books, spending accounts, videos, music equipment – and all the other things that churches buy – is worship to God? I’m at a loss. Jesus is to. I’m pretty certain that’s what the money is used for whether or not it goes to the church anyway. We spend our money on products that in return go to pay salaries and businesses to function in everything that they deem as a business expense. Businesses are not worshiping God by taking our money. We are not worshiping God by giving businesses our money. We are not worshiping God by giving churches our money.
Let’s just get this whole using money to worship God concept right out of our heads. It isn’t a thing. Money isn’t real. It’s just a symbol of value. And putting it in one persons hands or another is not an act of worship – it is an act of market exchange. To try and claim that as worship is a perfect example of how money as co-opted the church. There is a reason why Jesus contrasts God to Mammon, and it isn’t because God wants more of Mammon in his believer’s pockets.