What would you do Wednesday!
Money is a touchy subject for most people; especially, their own money. Even many Christians are adamant that they know exactly where every dime they give to the church is being spent. There are times when churches need to raise additional funds so they have a special plea for members to give. Some members give more, some give the same, and some don’t give at all. Though it might be argued that Christians in general don’t give sacrificially anyway.
Today’s scenario is one in which your church needs to raise a bit of extra money due to the tough economy. Gracious pleas for giving have been made from the pulpit.
This is also the time of year in which a new budget is voted on. In fact, you just got the new budget proposal in the mail before the next congregational meeting. While reading each budget line item you notice that the church staff is all reported as one lump sum.
Curious about how the staff salaries break down, you wonder what the senior pastor makes in relation to everyone else.
So, the next Sunday you approach your pastor after service. You ask him about the budget, move the conversation to staff salaries, and ask him directly for his annual salary figure.
He pauses for a moment and responds, “Brother, I understand that someone might ask me a question like that, but I think that’s a bit too personal. I would rather you trust me – the man God has put in place to lead this church. Trust that I am a fair man who would not exploit this church for financial gain. You see all of the ministry we’re doing and if you think we are spending somewhere we shouldn’t then, please, tell me.”
Smiling, he concludes, “Brother, since we are people of the Book I just ask you for chapter and verse that says I, a pastor, am to disclose all of my personal financial information?”
What would you do?
- Explain that you will get back to him later with chapter and verse.
- Admit you don’t have chapter and verse, but integrity demands he tell you.
- Explain that American Christianity demands that Christians know exactly where their money goes.
- Tell him he better watch out because God killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying about money.