Misplaced Priorities?

I heard on the Wal-mart Radio Net­work this morn­ing that Amer­i­cans spend sev­er­al hun­dred mil­lion dol­lars each year on… golf balls. Golf balls. No real­ly. Chil­dren go hun­gry. Church­es scrounge for funds. Mis­sion­ar­ies go broke. The lost die and go to Hell. But at least we have our golf balls.

Then I over­heard a lady men­tion that she spent upwards of $120 on a dress to where to the East­er ser­vice this Sun­day. Ignor­ing for now the pagan nature of East­er… One-hun­dred and twen­ty dol­lars for a dress? For one ser­vice? Real­ly? Where some­thing old and drop that in the offer­ing plate if you seem to have it to spare. Believe me, God will love you a lot more in your old garb if your heart brings about such a sac­ri­fi­cial offer­ing for the fur­ther­ance of the gospel.

I’m writ­ing to myself more than any­one. I’m afraid to count the invest­ment we have in enter­tain­ment. I spend four dol­lars a day at work just on pop and junk food. That’s $80 a month that I could instead give as an offer­ing to the Lord with­out feel­ing any finan­cial strain at all, and that alone would just about make up 10% of my income per month. (Chris­tians should at least give 10% if the lost under the Law could in a tithe… If you can give 12, 15, or 20%, bet­ter still.)

Ah, Amer­i­ca. Home of the free. Land of the material.


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Rick Beckman