Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me? Seriously…
Christian fiction books are, on average, $3 – $4 more than the average mainstream fiction novels. We see these much higher prices in bible study books, research books and devotionals too. And you don’t even want to get me started on how expensive the bibles themselves are.
Tracts… I know you used to be able to buy them for .05 to .10. Now they’re $1 and, in a lot of cases, $2.
You can find the latest mainstream movies on sale at WalMart for $10 and under but Christian movies… If you can find them, are $12, $20 & $25… yes, that’s for 1 disc.
I can appreciate that Christian writers, printers, film-makers and the owners of the Christian stores have to make a living but are we really sending the message that we “good” Christians aren’t just out to fleece the public?
Then, of course, there are all those Christian organizations we’re supposed to belong to. Prayer groups, study groups, support groups… the list goes on and on. Each one has their own set of dues/fees/donation and they’re not cheap.
I can really appreciate how many “good” Christian people there are who live a very comfortable life. And I’m sure some of them worked very hard to get there. But what about the widows, the single moms, the people who work their tails off but barely scrape by?
They’re the ones who get lectured about not being a “good” Christian because they don’t pass out tracts, they don’t have a fancy study bible and they don’t belong to a dozen groups. And, worst of all, they usually end up hearing from someone that their past sin is what got them to where they are. If they’d just release the sin and give their life to God fully, he wants to prosper them, he wants them to be fruitful (I just love that one), he wants them to have a good life. Let me tell you, it’s really tough not to just punch someone who is spouting this nonsense.
And that, is why I don’t go to church. I pray, I read my bible, I watch mp4s of really great sermons by preachers I love (they’re a lot cheaper than DVDs) and I do my best to give my children a deep understanding and love for God!
Philip Gulley said it best, I think.
“Never knew their desolations, their pinings, their hunger for grace in a grace-starved world.”
And that is most pastors. They don’t know… because they don’t want to know. They want the attendance up, the offering plate full and the fancy members happy.
God Bless you!
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