In the last blog post, “Enough is enough,” we talked about a charitable organization that annually sends millions of shoeboxes filled with trinkets, socks, and candy to Third World children with the claim that it was doing immeasurable good for the recipients.
In point of fact, it does far less good that it claims to do. The flood of boxes damages local, indigenous economies, and the American-made goods can be puzzling to their child recipients.
But worse than all this is the fact that this project is looked over by a CEO making over $800,000 a year. Add to that fact the insulting claim that this man makes to be a disciple of Jesus, and you have the ingredients for a story about greed.
To speak of such obscene wealth in the same sentence as Christian service is oxymoronic. It’s like saying that Mother Teresa and Donald Trump are synonymous. Or saying the praying pastors standing around the Resolute Desk, in front of cameras, is similar to Jesus praying alone in the Garden or telling his disciples to pray in a closet.
The Bible is literally filled with instructions about living in the world with generosity and compassion. “Love of money,” Jesus says, “is the root of all kinds of evil.” “It’s easier for a huge camel to go through the tiniest opening than for a rich man to enter heaven,” he warns.
‘Sell all you have and give it to the poor” Jesus once told a wealthy man. It’s not what a Wall Street Banker or the owner of multiple houses or yachts wants to hear. The wealthy man, we are told, “went away sadly because he had great wealth.”
The Bible is very clear. “Let the little children come to me [and don’t put them in cages],” Jesus said. Moses instructed his people to leave unharvested grain around the edges of their fields so that the poor would have something to pick. Similarly, aliens were to be treated with the same grace and compassion as the rest of the nation.
There’s something sickening about a person who claims to be a disciple of Jesus but hoards money and justifies token kindness toward others. Instead of lining the pockets of a wealthy CEO pastor, how about considering a group that builds homes for the poor, or digs wells for the thirsty or gives bread to the hungry. All without a greedy, grasping, hypocritical CEO.
That would be something to be pleased with.