So you’re a church that is looking for cheap software, grants and other stuff to help you along in all of your non-profitness as you glorify the Lord. Biblically speaking, “Is that really a good idea?”
As it is; over the years I’ve heard the United States Government heavily criticized from Christian Church Pulpits for everything from political policies to the creation of new laws. So, why would you want a federal grant or even tax exempt status from an entity that church leaders regularly show such scorn for?
Then there is the matter of what The Bible seems to imply about getting in bed with the Federal Government. Let’s take a look at Matthew 22:16-21.
Here it is written, “And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
“Now!” There is no denying that Jesus was only engaged in the above conversation by the Pharisees (quoted from the King James Bible) in an effort to trip him up so they could arrest him. However, doesn’t it suggest that what Jesus is really saying is, “Give the government what it is due as you would give the Lord what he is due?”
So, in this light, “How smart is it for the church to be taking tax breaks and seeking grant money from the federal government?” How is this not a violation of what, it would seem to me, that The Bible is saying to Christians like myself around the world?
Isn’t it possible that being a Non-Profit church leader or staff member is setting a dangerous precedent; leading many a Christian believer down the path to eternal damnation because they accepted the churches practice of getting in bed with a sinful government, simply for financial reasons? I think it’s about time that we as Christians start taking a good hard look at the way our church leaders are running things.
Seriously; if we Christians want the rest of the world to take notice of us for honorable reasons isn’t it high time we started acting in a manner that truly is, “Honorable?” Don’t church leaders understand how deranged they make all of us look to the rest of the world when they rail against the immorality of the very government that has given them the churches Non-Profit Tax Exempt status?
The way it stands in the United States of America right now between churches and the Federal Government; it’s like the perfect marital arrangement in hell. Churches seem to hate the government’s decisions with regard to abortion and gay marriage in particular these days. “Yet,” churches don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to give up the special privileges the government gives them for their service to the nation as a whole.
When is it going to be that church leaders stop actively seeking out and continually taking the fruit off of the poisonous tree? Or, is it more important to manage the business of Christianity on the financial end, even if it means sacrificing core biblical values in the process.
An organization is only as good as its head. From where I sit; it certainly would seem today that the head has no business guiding the body in matters of moral governance when it can’t even handle mere thoughts of morality itself. Surely I’m not the only one who realizes this?