(Thanks to Kevin for the inspiration!)

This Sunday's message was about money.  Yep, pretty exhilarating, right?  I mean, who doesn't LOVE to sit through half-an-hour-or-so of hearing someone speak at you about how you should give more, how giving money is an act of worship, how you really will be blessed-in-spite-of-the-recession…blah-blah-blah, right?

We've all sat through these messages before. We've all heard how only 3% of Americans Biblically tithe 10% of their income, and of course that means that you, me, and the person sitting in front of us are not in the holy 3%. But we should be thanked nonetheless, right?  After all, without the 97% of us backslidden, God-hating heathens, pastors wouldn't have such wonderfully shocking statistics.  That counts as some form of giving, right?

In all seriousness, growing up in the church I've sat through an unbearable number of messages about money.  I've heard pastors rail against congregations for not giving enough; I've heard others try to coax money out of their parishioners on the promise of God formulaicly responding to their act of generosity and sacrifice; and I've even seen people intimidated out of their money by, let's say, overly enthusiastic ministers trying to mold their listeners into the More >