Sunday, December 09, 2012

In Mark 13:41-44, Jesus praised the widow that did not necessarily put the largest offering into the plate but who gave from what she did have. He did not proceed from behind the pulpit to ream the congregation a new one that what they had given was a "waste of time" because it was a single serving size rather than economy portion. These deadbeats and indigents are certainly a bunch of foodie snobs these days if they expect to eat at a level beyond what average Christians are able to extend in terms of charitable giving. It's not exactly a winning homiletical strategy to start in the announcements ridiculing what some have brought forward as part of the annual homeless mission outreach only to end the sermon in a sob story how giving has declined overall for the past two years. The result is only to prompt me to clamp down on my change purse all the tighter.