On that penultimate day in January when I posted an article about Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer, I had no idea that months later, people would still be seeking out the pictures of the house where Joyce lives, which appears to be the main reason “Who Exactly Is Teaching The Women in Your Church” is the #1 post at Thinking Out Loud for 2010.
I have no regrets posting those pictures. I don’t know if readers in the Christian blogosphere would have uncovered the work of a local journalist, and I thought that the photos should be more public. I believe that while all Christians are accountable to God, people in ministry enter a public life not unlike politicians, which demands greater accountability.
James 3: 1-2a, The Message Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths.
And then there was this comment, posted just today by Ryan, which brings much of this into focus:
Wow, I can’t believe people here are bashing the post. It’s a simple concept that this is portraying.
Let me give you a scenario: I’m asking YOU for your hard earned-limited money so I can promote the work of God say like, going to a third world country to help out some folks and buy food to take over there, plus to maintain the food supply to adequately feed them…and lets add to the cause of building an orphanage in Capetown, Africa. I do that right? I do what’s promised and I can show proof. However, if I’m living in a 20-million dollar mansion and/or driving around in a flashy expensive 7 digit car and/or flying around in my G6-I guess the real question is do I need your money which could go towards a more needing facilitator?
I’m going to be a dentist and all I can think about is what can I do more? Not what can I get more of? With me, the question is how many more mouths could I feed rather than living a lavish lifestyle on this temporary earth?
Which matters more to God? The acres I own or the acres I sacrificed to own? Doesn’t God say all these things will pass away? So why the need to own beyond what is necessary?
I’m not bashing anyone just stating facts and what posses a threat to what we are really called to do (be Gods hands and feet to the least of these)? If I wasn’t a Christian I would dismiss all the good works that these people have done by the base of the $$$$ materialistic things they posses.
These things use to be important to me till I went on a mission trip. Changed my whole life and where I wanted a Lamborghini – big house – fancy car – maid service – everything that MY money could buy; I would rather build a church and orphanage somewhere or do something that helps someone. You fill in the blank… They said this trip will mess up your life and it did, but in a GOOD way.
…I used to believe in the whole famous “Kingdom Prosperity” until God changed my heart. Why are you giving? To get something back? So, on the pretenses of “if” – but only if I get something back I will give. That’s the only reason why you give? Your heart is in the wrong place. Did Jesus die (give) his life in the expectancy of (getting) your life in return? Nope, it was by choice. He knew he would be denied by many, but still GAVE his life without the need to “GET”. We are to be Christ “like” so that means to give without the expectancy of a return.
If you haven’t already, you can read the original post and comments here. I’m going to close comments on this page so that additional responses may be added to the original piece.