Saturday, July 19, 2008

They got more money than God

To the best of my knowledge I know of no nationwide network in existence to help get kids out of gangs. So even when they want out but have no family to go to, they are stuck. Where they will most likely die. I also have been criticized for making remarks about how there should be no gang graffiti anywhere near a church if they were doing outreach like they are supposed to.

On any given night in the US it is estimated that there are approximately 1.2 million homeless children.

In the US for people ages between 55 and 64, the THIRD leading cause of death is lack of health insurance.

Statistics vary between 18,000 to 30,000 children starve to death in the world...


But then we have people defending this as God's work:

Benny Hinn:
A 100 million dollar a year televangelist who "specializes" in healing...often by shoving people down and claiming God did it. :

Owns a home with 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms (with an oceanside view) that is seven thousand square feet and costs an estimated 10 million dollars. He also has a private jet which costs 112,000 dollars a month to use the plane. He also owns a Mercedes SUV and Convertable estimated at about 80,000 a piece.

He's also known for having "layovers" while on trips where he seems to be fond of expensive hotel rooms. Here are a few different prices for the suites he has stayed in:

Most expensive hotel rooms:
990 bucks a night.
1700 bucks a night.
2700 bucks a night.
3124 bucks a night. And are you ready for it? Drum roll please...the most expensive hotel room "Pastor" Hinn has paid for...

10,800 bucks a night. No, I didn't add an extra zero. That must make the homeless kids in our nation feel good. I'm sure he prays for them though.

He also has spent as much as 6 thousand dollars in 4 weeks on clothing shopping sprees. So homeless kids, stay warm this winter the best way you know how.

Then there's Joyce Meyer. She believes that all of us are "little gods" and that what we say, the words that come out of our mouths actually have some sort of magical effect on what happens to us. (Isn't that sort of like witchcraft?)

Her "ministry" stats:
Has a $23,000 chester drawer, which was first reported as being a toilet. (Still not sure what the truth is on that.)
Her ministry brings in about 95 million dollars a year. (Bet she's got good health insurance too.) She and her husband Dave have a "modest" $2 million home, a $10 million private jet, and houses worth another $2 million for the couple's children, who also work for the ministry. Oh and she recently bought a $500,000 vacation home. Pretty sure none of those homes are anywhere near the places where homeless children sleep in the streets.

Oh and she also paid for some cosmetic surgery. Evidently the part of the Bible that says God doesn't look at people like people do, He looks at the heart...well she missed that one. Oh and there's that thing about vanity.

Never mind the kids in gangs that want to get out but can't afford to have their gang tattoos removed. Which just basically says "target" from there on out.

But wait there's more great ministers out there. More shepherds for the lost. More people doing God's work...feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, that old chestnut.

Kenneth Copeland:
He has a four plane fleet of private planes. Yeah I said a godforsaken FLEET. One such plane is estimated to be around 20 million dollars. All of these parked (when not going on vacation) at the "ministry's private airport".

Maybe the homeless kids could sleep on the tarmac sometime when he is off ministering.

Creflo Dollar: (No I'm not making his name up.)
Owns a 2.4 million dollar apartment. AND a mansion, private jet, and at least two Rolls Royces (at last count.) Hey, maybe he can swing by and pick up a couple of kids and take 'em in style to the homeless shelter tonight.

Creflo also says that Jesus was a rich man. (I think someone took that book or page or verse or whatever out of my Bible...can't seem to locate that...) And was featured in a rap video called "money comin'".

Jesus was never on MTV.

So let's review:
Starving children, homeless kids, kids left with few if any outreach choices to get them out of gangs, kids with no health insurance whose grandparents with no health insurance are almost as likely to die from lack of health insurance than they are of cancer. And so on. Of course to hear these men and women of God explain it, if you are faithful to God, you should give to them. And if you don't get that healing you asked for or that financial blessing you asked for, well then you still got some sort of unresolved sin in your life.

And for compare and contrast televangelists vs the guy they are supposed to represent and model themselves after:

Televangelists Living Arrangements:
Homes ranging from 10 million dollars a piece to God knows how much.
Out in the field, staying with friends, maybe a makeshift tent from time to time.

Televangelists' Travel Means:
20 million dollar jets, Bentley's and a couple of Rolls here and there.
Feet. Oh and a donkey once.

Televangelists' Yearly Incomes:
Some up to 100 million dollars or more.
Fish and a few loaves of bread donated by folks here and there.

Televangelists' Hotel Accommodations While Away:
Up to 10,000 dollar a night hotel rooms.
The dirt.

Televangelists' Wardrobes:
(How many of them do you see wear the same outfit twice) much as 6,000 dollars in a month of shopping sprees.
Uh...some sandals and maybe a robe with the comfort level of burlap.

That whole thing in the bible about the "meek inheriting the earth", "the love of money being the root of all evil", Birds having nests but Jesus not even having a place to lay his head, or being sure to "store up your treasures in Heaven" as opposed to here on earth, well that section must have been stolen from THEIR bibles.

So whether you believe in God or not or just aren't sure. Don't ask the stupid question, "If God exists why does He let children starve to death?" He doesn't. He's not the one flying around in a 20 million dollar jet sporting Versace, renting hotel rooms that cost more than some of our cars or rollin in a Bentley. Nor is he paying a thousand dollars to go see Mylie Cyrus, a hundred bucks to go to a football game, or $10,000 dollars for a handbag. God doesn't let children suffer and starve to death.

We do.

Televangelists...couple of more thing for you to think about when you're flying in luxury and kids are dying...this is from the book you make your money off of:

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
James 1:27

"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

Matthew Chapter 25