Banging My Head…..

Recently, the governor, legislators of our state, and some business people met up on Mackinac Island and stayed at the Grand Hotel, which is one of the most beautiful places in our state and the hotel happens to be one of the most expensive in the state (about $400-700). And why did they meet? Because they needed to discuss our state’s current budget crisis. Isn’t that amazing?

Our state is having serious financial problems. Business are either closing up or moving out of state, left and right. But yet our legislature and governor can find the money to pamper themselves for about a week at one fo the nicest resort. Our kids elementary school had to lay off two teachers recently because the money is not there to pay them, but yet Jennifer Granholm is living the good life up on Mackinac Island.

I got a great idea on how we can help our state’s economy. How about we not take these luxurious vacations on the tax payer’s dime? How about taking back that raise that you legislator’s just voted yourselves? How about making yourselves part-time like many other states? Somehow I am thinking there are better options than hurting our children’s educational system.

And then not long after our local news reported all of that grim news on the state of state’s economy they announced that a local church had just finished off their $15 million dollar church building. Mind you, this was a renovation of what used to be a large home improvement store. I just sat there thinking of ways that they may have been able to cut back on some of the extra things and use some of that money to help some of these people in our community that are having their homes foreclosed on. Since we are the number one county in the nation with home foreclosures.

I just think that this is the time when the Church can really shine and show God’s love in some very practical ways. Instead we build palaces to honor ourselves and we somehow think that God is actually pleased with this.

Maybe, just maybe God wants us to sacrifice some of the niceties that we have become accustomed to in this country and sacrifice a little. Every 15 seconds a child dies because they do not have access to clean drinking water and we are building $15 million dollar palaces called churches. What is wrong with this picture?

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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