Blessed and troubled
Waid wears this little back-pack just about 24/7, since I pulled it out in pre-packing-planning mode.
Now he has a gift bag also to tote around all day=)
In so many ways; but specifically--
We went to Athens AL for a special Sunday evening church service.
The church has an adoption grant ministry, that we were blessed to recieve a grant from.
They have a service once a year for families they have helped.
Obviously, the financial support was a blessing, but so much more....
To see the heart of this small church was so encouraging. It is a SMALL church, I am guessing 15-20 families--at most! Yet they have given $13,000 worth of grants, to help bring orphans into families, over the past 3 years!!
As we drove north out of Birmingham, we saw a "megachurch" with building that has been completed in the last year or so.
Out front they have a ginormous cross.
DH works with one of the church members, and is told that the cross stands over 125 feet tall.
The cross is not boasting the church name or denomination, and appears to be made of plain cement. It's not really even pretty, just huge.
We are told that the cross cost more than $250,000!!!
So here's where I am troubled.
This megachurch may be doing great things in their various ministries; but how much
MORE could they be doing, with that $250,000??
It struck me in sharp contrast to the simple small church we went to, where most of the walls were painted cement block. The chairs were fine, there was heating/a/c, and the necessary comforts, but it was not extravegant by any means.
I understand people want to be comfortable in church (although most around the world are not), and I understand that large churches need large buildings.
But we don't go to church to enjoy the lush surroundings--do we?
I just do not understand the NEED for the giant, expensive, not even pretty cross.
I have to ponder: were there objections to the huge expenditure?
Where were the men who should have stood up and said
"this is rediculous, we can save lives with that money"
Surely, surely, there were some, were they outvoted by the majority.?.......what does that say about the "majority" of Christians today????
That $250,000 could have changed the lives of roughly 10 international orphans.
(feed hundreds, house many, etc)
Think about those brought into Christian homes, and saved, who grow up to be workers for Jesus Christ, and reach many more...
that money had the possibility to change an exponential number of lives.
How many lives is the big chunk of cement going to change?