posted on Mar, 14 2014 @ 08:38 AM
I'm going to tell you a story that may or may not flabbergast you.
A few years back my employers daughter did her taxes in the office workplace. She seemed stressed, claiming that her family was struggling to keep up
with the finances. I immediately identified with this, given that my work was seasonal and I could earn as little as 250 dollars a week depending on
the time of year.
But then I found out her families annual income- just short of 110,000 dollars a year.
I nearly fell over backwards when she said that, I couldn't imagine anyone on that salary having financial problems. Then I learned the truth.
She lived in a two income household, which happens to own a four bedroom house, three cars, and a super bike. Her husband is paying off the house but
yet wants to sell it because “it's not big enough”, and then I found out they sold their sedan for a much more expensive SUV, because according
to the husband, the sedan “wasn't big enough.” They live in the suburbs! Why the hell would they need an offroad vehicle???
When it came time to meet the husband I was pleasantly surprised- he was a genuine family man and quite pleasant company, but the real problem reared
it's head. He was a seventh day adventist.
Now I have no problem with people who have faith, but I’ve met less than reputable people in the religious community. It turns out he was convinced
(or rather was convinced) to have a much larger family, he was adamant he wanted five kids or more when evidence suggested that he can barely
support the two kids he has. He prayed for his bounty at a meal, and I got the impression he believed that God will come good and let him continue to
live beyond his means.
He then told me of his profession: He was self employed, and he had no employees. And like any good devotee he pledged to the church. But they don't
accept food drives, however a cash donation will give you the grace of God. A few years later I found out that his donations went into a ostentatious
building that also posed as a 'conference center' (which can be rented out at an affordable price.) Now this is not your normal church-I've worked
on million dollar properties and this church makes them look like shanties.
Now here comes the questions.
Firstly, how can the higher echelons in the church justify taking the earnings from a hard working man to fill their own coffers?
Secondly, how can church officials connive to take the hard earned money from a hard working man and assure them that God will take care of the rest?
If god is love, then why do people have to pay for that love???
And finally, how do they get away with it year after year???