I was watching a streaming channel today on YouTube. (I rather enjoy them, especially when the subject is bible prophecy, Dallas Cowboys or biographies) Halfway through, there was a commercial for the ‘entire series’ on DVD. That reminded me that Jesus never charged for any of the miracles and his ministry. I know he had expenses and I know there was a disciple responsible for their ‘purse’, but I have yet to find where he set a charge for services. I recall my years as ministry leader in churches, when we had a ‘special guest’, even though there would be a ‘Love Offering’ taken, there was also a special table set up in the lobby with something for sale. I would have preferred that there be an order form included in the weekly church bulletin for that purpose. Sales tables bothered me. I see where former governmental dignitaries get giant ‘gratuity’ for speeches and I doubt that guest preachers are compensated equally. People expect a lot more from Pastors than they do their Congressman, donchaknow. Really. We don’t hold them to the same standard as we should. Have you ever thought about how church members pinch pennies when it comes to compensation for their leaders, but don’t seem to have a problem when it comes to the charges made by elected officials. As a matter of fact, I doubt most even know what we are paying those we send to office. Just a surface perusal will tell us that they’re not hurting. Instead of checks written as fees, we should simply ‘pass-the-plate’ and that would be what guests received. I still think “No Charge” is much more palatable, otherwise.
And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN