To Market, to Market
Why do Christian conference speakers "preach to the choir" so to speak? Why was the Creation Museum (now with a zip line!) really built when all the people who go, already believe what they teach? Why do pastors (especially megachurch ones) feel the need (and how do they find the time) to publish books about stuff that isn't new or radical and could be found so much easier and more reliably in the Bible? Do they think their church members just could not get along without them (red flag alert!)? Why preach to modest women about being modest, and a hundred other similar topics? Instead, let's focus on REAL issues within the heart; hidden things, rather than surface issues. What if some modest women are trying to one-up each other, or acting judgmentally about another's appearance? Instead of trashing scientists and Christians who believe in evolution, what if the Creation Museum hosted a respectful debate or lecture series from a variety of scientists? Or preached on the sin of elitism? Instead of pastors publishing their books and tapes/CD's/DVD's to captive audiences and fans, why not simply point people to the only book that can change a life (B-i-b-l-e)?
Well now, I know why and you probably do too (M-o-n-e-y). If preachers started preaching on heart issues, they would lose church members and therefore, money (and their salaries). If the Creation Museum stopped congratulating itself on knowing better than anyone how God fashioned the Earth and it's inhabitants, they might lose money from those who support this large ministry. If pastors and church leaders stopped publishing books to their own congregations (seriously, don't they preach every Sunday what they write in their books?), they might lose an important source of revenue.
Which leads me to ask, is this really the kind of Christianity Jesus taught?
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." (1 Timothy 6:10)
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5; also, Deut. 31:6)