Before I begin, next week I'm taking a week-long break from blogging so I will not be posting here next Friday.
Now, on with today's blog post.
As you may know, church numbers are currently at an all-time low. We've read the reports about how more people my age consider themselves more "spiritual" than "religious." So what should the Church do? How can we spread the Gospel to today's world?
How about offering them $1,000? That's exactly what this church in Chicago is doing.
Money quote (no pun attended): "I wanted to teach the parallel between faith and finance."
*Record scratch* Wait, what?
Now maybe I've got the wrong Bible translation but I don't remember Jesus holding any contests to which of His followers will win money. I remember something about Jesus feeding five thousand people with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. I remember Jesus telling a rich young ruler to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. And I think I remember something about a poor widow giving away her last two coins. But I don't remember anything about Jesus giving a thousand bucks to whoever was sitting in the right seat.
You have to wonder, too, who is attending that church for the Gospel, and who just wants the money.