Despite what popular opinion is about the guy’s psychopablum and mushy mandates of the Gospel, I really have never heard of this guy beg for a dime.
What with the books, the appearances (presidential and every other type) and his sizable bank account, I thought at least he was above this.
Perhaps he was inspired. Hmmm… [cue harp music]:
Not too long, we tagged the Wall with the bemoaning of one Rod Parsley who believes Satan is stealing his cash.
Now while I firmly believe Ol’ Slewfoot is fully capable of such a diabolical act, we discovered this $3 million beg was not the case.
Turns out some “teacher” at World Harvest Church’s baby sitting factory for BeBe’s kids… er, daycare pummeled some kid, the parents sued and oh yes, won $3 million from Parsley!
Spare the Rod, spoil the child, I say. State of Ohio – 1. Devil – 0. You twit.
Fast forward to the aforementioned (and linked) story from the New York Times and we find a destitute and dang near poverty-stricken Rick Warren [honestly, I’m surprised].
In an urgent letter posted on the Saddleback Church Web site on Wednesday, Warren says expenses are up because parishioners are out of work and ”the bottom dropped out” when year-end donations dropped dramatically. He asks parishioners to donate $1 million before the new year to keep the Orange County church out of debt.
This is a pill, albeit horse-sized, that’s much easier to swallow. It’s no secret the economy blows and people are praying for God’s understanding and mercy as the tithe stays in the storehouse from it which it resides for now.
The slightly shady part is Warren knows the press monitors his Web site as much as his church members do. And to put that up online, you don’t think somewhere in the recesses of his mind there was a thought, “You know, this could become a national story. Sweet.”
Here’s an idea, mands of Gawd (shout out IST): Exercise the same faith you espouse when praying for the throng of folk who, you know, are near poverty, have no money to tithe because they need to keep on the lights and are believing God for more than just you staying on T.V.
If the Lord is big enough to answer their 911 calls to heaven – and he is – then he “sho’nuff” can answer yours.
However, forgive our Savior if he’s a little preoccupied with those who probably can’t get a loan and doesn’t have the cache reserves that you two have. Happy New Year.