Money and The Christian Sophist
Posted by madcap on February 17, 2008
There is a brand of Christianity that I simply do not agree with in the slightest. I think they give Christianity, and religion in general, a bad name. Kenneth Copeland comes to mind. I don’t mean to single Mr. Copeland out; he’s certainly not alone, just currently in the news. I think he fits the profile of the rising popularity of Christian rhetoricians. Many of these sophists are filling athletic stadiums by the tens of thousands. Every Christian TV station I’ve seen (except EWTN) provides twenty for hour, seven day a week coverage, of one sophist after another .
What’s the draw? Money. Money for the preacher, and a promise of financial prosperity for the believer. It’s like a traveling Vegas show selling casino chips to heaven. The believer hopes his financial bet will pay off; while the preachers live in mansions, fly around in private jets, and donate money to the Huckabee campaign. Recently I watched Mr. Copeland dedicate an entire hour attempting to scripturally justify his new mansion.
What does any of this have to do with, or for Christianity? In today’s world, where militant atheists are on the rise, this sort of religion acts as fodder for their movement. Not only that, but it places false hope in the hearts of believers. The true happiness of God is not found in material goods. Sure God wants us to have things; but our true delight, our fulfillment of our longing, is in the redemptive power of God.
Pink Floyd: Money