I remember talking to a friend a while ago. They reckoned that it was far easier to get people’s money than it was to get their time. We have certainly found it much easier to get people to give financially than it is to get people to move to deprived communities. But that is when we can get folk to give. In truth, many Evangelicals content themselves neither to come nor to give but to insist that they will pray. Whilst many do so sincerely and would give if they had anything to offer, it often feels as though this is the Evangelical equivalent of an indulgence, only in line with our theology, we make sure it doesn’t cost us anything.
The Beatles famously sang, ‘I don’t care too much for money, for money can’t buy me love.’ And, indeed, it can’t. But money can buy a lot of convenience. It can also buy a lot of choice. And perhaps most alluringly of all, it can buy comfort. Not just physical comfort but the comfort of a conscience eased.
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