I have a natural aversion to excess or materialism in faith. I think a church should exist in physical forms to meet the needs of having a congregation meet for service and support its ministries. If money comes in beyond what is budgeted for these purposes, I think they should be further applied to the ministries as opposed to stuff. In that light, I am opposed to Easter Day Giveaways. I remember going to a service at a church before I was saved. They were doing drawings for things like bikes. Later, I would think of Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers. I felt that such a lottery lessened the church and cheapened the message. The shame was that the drawing was followed by a powerful passion play.
This morning, I watched a story on Fox & Friends about a mega church in Texas giving away over a million dollars in prizes during their more than 10 services and several locations. The prizes include cars and flat screen TVs. I understand the goal is to bring people back to church so that they can hear the Message, but isn’t it under false pretenses. Did Jesus trick tax collectors into allowing him to come into their home just so that they could hear the Message. Did Jesus tell the man to give up all of his possession so that they could be auctioned off? Doesn’t appealing to such a material nature go against Christ’s message of shedding off the things of the world to be better followers. When I heard that over a million dollars is used for such a thing, I was sad. I’m no communist, but this money could be used better in spreading the message than this?