Friday, December 28, 2007

Well, This is Something to Chew on With Your Christmas Leftovers

I'll post about Christmas later, mainly because I think everyone is on a blogging hiatus and I wouldn't want you to miss a moment of the Button family Christmas 2007. But while we're still basking in the warm glow of the holiday season I thought I'd pass along this little article. I figure this could be a landmine but hey, I still love you even if we don't agree. Of course, I'm not telling you what I think yet ;)


The Shocks said...

That was interesting. Difintely something to think about. I hope you and Travis had a great Christmas.

Mary said...

I think if I say all of what I think, it would require it's own post. I will say we should be just as critical of the lottery and other get rich quick and easy schemes that prey on the poor mindset. Our own government spends lots of my money making really nice commercials to sell the idea of getting by giving. At least I can choose whether or not to support a sleazy preacher.

Amy Button said...

Yes, I agree with you, but using the gospel to prey on the poor is much worse in my opinion.

I hate bad theology. But that's another post. What I also hate is government interference and attempts to regulate things that they cannot regulate. This is the crux of "separation of church and state". If you start regulating theology (bad or not) then you have the church of England all over again.

Mary said...

I agree. I just wonder where the line is between freedom of speech or religion and fraud.

Tisra said...

I don't really know where to begin. I question anything that equates lack of faith with the withholding of blessing (health, wealth, childbearing). I also question whether or not we are meant to have grand wealth. The earning of grand wealth, being different from *having* grand wealth. I do believe that there is gluttony in hoarding it all to one's self and that God's purpose behind financial blessing of believers is for us to be generous with the poor, the needy, the fatherless... How much do I/ my family really need? That's something we're trying to work out right now, in fact.

The preachers who promote those messages? I really don't know. I haven't delved much into the origin of "name it and claim it". I am hesitant, though, when churches/ believers start to sound like God is their "Genie". It makes me ill, to be more precise.

Yes, Amy, you've probably hit a land mine. :-)