Other than my recent posts on the wars in the Middle East, I generally have abstained from any religious commentary in terms of religious messages themselves. This blog isn't a forum for that.
However, I just can't help myself on this one.
This morning, I turned on the television and found a televangelist on whose message basically was that if you gave him money (no matter how much you might be hurting yourself) God was going to reward you with more money.
I know that there's a certain group of folks who believe this, but that message just isn't there in the Gospels. Indeed, while I can't claim to be an expert, that message isn't in any of the three major monotheistic religions.
That definitely isn't the message of Christianity. Far from it. At best, a person might receive such a blessing, but Christianity's message is you reward is in the next world, not in this one, although aid in this one isn't impossible. But take the lives of the Saints. None of the Apostles got rich and died wealthy. Quite the contrary. They lived poor and died by violence. Or take the Roman Martyrology, those saints whom Catholics remember at Mass at least in part. A long list of men and women whose ends were brutal.
I don't know why this offended me sufficiently to post about it here, but it does. I've seen this guy on television before, and his message is always "send me money" and God will send you more. I don't know what the guy does with this money, but a message always focused on the concept that God is some sort of reverse bank where you give money and get more in return is pretty far from the Christian Gospel.