Money is a very compelling topic, unless it has to do with the Church. People turn off all listening devises (ears) when a pastor or church leader talks about money from the pulpit or in front of the congregation. We all know why. We see celebrity Pastors, Bishops, and other Christian leaders with expensive cars, gold chains, ridiculously large mansions while we see people on the street looking for food. We also see beautiful church buildings that sit empty Monday through Saturday, with only a few of them full on Sundays while people are living in boxes. It is impossible for most of us to reconcile these facts.
Jesus talked about these discrepancies in Luke 20:45-47: While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” Jesus also had a problems with the same issues of greed among those who claimed to follow God during the time He was on earth. God is disgusted by people who profit on the Gospel of freedom and those that do so will be punished.
But we cannot put every pastor, leader and church in the same category of greed while using that to justify our lack of giving. A few verses prior in Luke, Jesus also said, “…give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Today, the local church is still the best way “to give to God what is God’s.” As a pastor that deals with much of the administration and money of the Hermon Church I have to carefully look at the motives of how we spend the money given to us. Are we trying to better ourselves, our image, our wallets and bank accounts, our are we trying to better the world by our generous deposits of compassion, love and mercy?
Here at the Hermon Church, we will do our best to use the donations given to us to expand the kingdom of God. We understand what it means to be trusted with money and the warnings Jesus has given to leaders. Please pray with us that we will be wise and prudent with the gifts God has given us so that His glory may be shown to the nations!