Diatribe: Religious Billboards Are Money Ill-Spent.
I get so frustrated by churches that spend tons of money on foolish things. Years ago, churches had money in their budgets earmarked for “evangelism”. This money was, usually, spent in the community running soup kitchens, open pantries, assisting the elderly and infirm all while introducing the church and its congregation to non-members who might find solace and comfort with a new church family. The focus of evangelism was to welcome the lost sheep into the flock.
It seems that, sometime in the last thirty years or so, evangelism has become a membership drive whereby churches increase their numbers, their coffers and their political clout.
… and it disgusts me.
The amount of money that is wasted in the name of religion doing unreligious things is preposterous. Megachurches with “campuses” that stretch for miles and have their own cafeterias and Starbucks locations are not, in my opinion, using their finances in a religiously productive manner.
Yesterday, I saw a billboard along the side of the interstate near my home that read “In the beginning God created …”, referenced Genesis 1:1 and featured a graphic that indicated disapproval of evolution. It made me think to myself …
“I wonder how many hot meals could have been purchased for people at the homeless shelter with the money spent on that billboard.”
“The several hundred dollars that it costs to rent that billboard each month could buy dozens of pairs of shoes for children that need them.”
“That billboard money could’ve paid the electric bill at an orphanage for a month.”
“That billboard money could’ve paid for suicide prevention counseling.”
“That billboard money could’ve made a big different at a battered woman’s shelter.”
But instead of spending that money in a loving and productive manner while spreading the love of God, someone decided that it was a better idea to use it to make a statement. I find it distasteful. I sure wish we could make religion and faith a personal pursuit once again.
What do you think of billboards like this?
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