November 7, 2011
“I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making.” Amos 5:21 (The Message Bible)
Can you believe God was talking about the church? Perhaps these days you are seeing posters on bulletin boards or the promotion for concerts, turkey dinners, or holiday bazaars in your newspaper. This is a great time of the year to do fundraisers. The harvest is in, women’s groups have months worth of crafts to sell, and the holiday spirit is strong.
Fund raisers are good—people enjoy getting together for fellowship around a table with food they didn’t have to prepare, and more reasonable priced than in a restaurant. Christmas and birthdays gifts, or something to use in their own home, are purchased for a fair price. This too is good—shop in your own community!
But what happens to the funds raised? Are they kept in the bank account to pay the gas bill, or worse yet, the church secretary? God doesn’t want his church to raise funds for the sake of survival or to glorify their church building. Funds raised to go for world hunger, to eradicate malaria, or to help a family re-settle in the U.S. makes God smile.
Dear Lord, I give thanks for the women, men, and children at churches who send their fund-raising monies out the door and into the community. Amen