The Christian Dollar Deception 

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 09:47 PM - Philosophy


Imagine a homeless person, bearded and wearing an old-style army jacket, probably rescued from a Salvation Army bin before the employees could collect it. He's slowly hobbling down the sidewalk, going nowhere in particular. He watches the world, as the world ignores him, purposefully averting their gaze so they don't make eye contact. So they don't have to feel guilty or acknowlege that the system doesn't work for everyone. He stops suddenly, looking down at his feet, and there, like the smallest ray of hope is a dirty and forgotten part of that society that left him behind so many years ago. It's a folded and time-worn $20 bill.

He bends over to pick it up, the slightest smile creeping across his lips, threatening to crack the dour expression he's worn longer than many have lived. Thoughts flood his mind as he imagines the many small ways he can rejoin society, if only for a fleeting moment. He's so happy as rarely does ANYTHING work out in his favor anymore. Now he'll be able to eat at least one good meal, and maybe he could even afford a few nips of strong liquor to forget about the world and his problems, at least for a little while, after the money is gone again. Then he turns the bill over....



In a world that beats down the homeless, forceably moves them from one location to another just so the rest of society doesn't have to see them... to see the other, empty side of the scale that's been tilted their way for so long with all of their own excesses, this is probably one of the most sadistic acts. To lift the spirits of someone, only to dash then to pieces again on the sidewalk. How many other people had picked up that same piece of paper and wadded it up, furious, and discarded it again so it can be picked up by the next passerby? That piece of paper, the grand idea of some Christian think-tank has become like a chain letter of misery and disappointment.

Not once in the history of the universe has a server, a homeless person, or anyone else picked up what they thought was money, discovered it was NOT money at all but rather an indictment of their lives, and been stoked about it. Some of the messages even begin with "Disappointed?" to mock you and your slavish allegiance to the dollar, when your slavish allegiance should be to the lord Jesus Christ. What I'm wondering is if these advertisements have netted them ANY new followers at all. Below are more examples of this.



Very dissappointed...





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Seven 

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:26 PM
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Sunday, June 1, 2014, 08:10 PM
I'm a fairly vocal Christian, and glad to count myself among the redeemed. Have to say this, though, Jesus didn't hand out denarius tracts. He didn't teach by deception. He quoted Scripture that had been laid down by the prophets and called out all the hypocrisy He saw. If there are those of us out here that call ourselves by His name, that's all we should be doing too. No so-called "heretic" has ever been beaten into a surrender of the heart, and they're not going to be. We're no better than any other product of sin and those of us who act that way turn my stomach. Even Paul said, "Such were some of you." If these people truly want to witness, then they need to TALK to people. Put themselves out there. Connect with people. Be a voice of justice, liberty, and truth. Provide for their material needs first. You can't follow somebody without doing what they did, and all those are things Jesus did.

Seven 

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 09:45 PM
Well said. There are quite a few Christian charities that help alot of people with their most urget material needs like food, clothing, and shelter. That really is the best way to win over new fans and followers. This sort of thing would only serve to turn people away from whatever it is you have to say.

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