Yesterday I brought home from work the booklet for the annual Combined Federal Campaign, which encourages government employees to give to charitable organizations through payroll deduction. I already use this method to give to Samaritan’s Purse and Habitat for Humanity, but I was thinking about adding another. There are a lot of worthy organizations but also some odd choices like “Christian Bowhunters of America.” And just when I thought I couldn’t be surprised by what quirky things Christians do, I opened The Daily Office to read the morning prayer and was taken aback by the picture (above) and caption:
“Here’s a pastor who grows his church with giveaways: Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Illinois has seen a big jump in attendance since it started $1000 jackpots every Sunday to lucky parishioners. They also hear sermons on paying their bills and living debt-free. Would you trust your soul to this man? Is Jesus just another cheesy TV ad? (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)”
Sometimes there are no words.