Pastors who practice conspicuous consumption

I'm not naming any names because this is a recurring issue for pastors who come into wealth. They start living wealthy and proudly. Then they get called out on it and respond angrily. "God has blessed me. You're just jealous. Who gave you the right to judge me?"

I'd like to defend the multitudes.

The "haters" are simply responding to the juxtaposition between the Jesus they read about and the lifestyle He condemns. These people are not haters, but brothers and sisters, crooked like all of us. But even Balaam learned from his talking ass.

Matthew 6:19-21

The Voice (VOICE)
19 Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth.This is a shortsighted practice—don’t undertake it. Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets.20 Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Jesus

Omid Safi who blogs at "What Would Mohammed do?" and is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - explains this much better than me on his latest blog post Jesus doesn't want you to be rich. Even though he does not believe in Jesus as his savior, I don't think he is hating on anyone.


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