The other night, after trying to sleep and could not, I finally gave up the fight. Then I did what all of the experts say you should not do…turned on the tv. I channeled flicked my way from one end to the other and decided to pause on the religious channels.
These televangelist must have shared notes, because they all spoke similar messages. Some even believed what they were saying was true. Their one theme was telling you how to give your money to them, which in turn would bring about blessings in your life. Now let me clarify this statement in televangelism land. If you give your money to them, this will create a movement, in the universe, and money and blessings will be sent to you. Huh? Before I start getting hate mail, I do know some televangelist are true to their Christian beliefs. This group was not!
Not one of them had the courage to tell the truth. I think I would respect them more if they said, “Send me money, so I can continue to support my family in the multi-million dollar lifestyle they deserve.” And in defense of some, they said they would send you their book or cd for your money, as a gift. So, I guess every time I give Amazon.com money, they are sending me my books as a gift from Amazon!
As I continued to watch, I saw another group of televangelist, who had the “guilt trip” sermon down to a fine art. In Zechariah 9:12 we are told, “Return to your stronghold, you prisoners of hope: I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” They utilized this scripture like it was the holy grail for them. Their perfection of the strong-arm method of “inferring”, actually said, send me money and your troubles and debts will be repaid double by God. Can you imagine someone in the grips of despair hearing this? Scraping together every last penny and waiting on something miraculous to happen.
The true meaning is not material blessings but spiritual blessings. The first part is about turning away from sinful life, and turning toward God and His ways. As Christians, we are told we will have troubles in this life and it is how we face each one, that will mold us into better human beings.
Now, I know operating these ministries comes with huge expenses and I say God can provide. It would really be a miracle to see one Televangelist step out on faith. He/she would not preach or ask to be sent money from their viewers, instead they would become true servants of Jesus Christ. At the end of their show they could put up the address of their ministry. Nothing else! If God truly supported what they are doing, don’t you think God is powerful enough to encourage people to send them money. I believe God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and is everywhere at all times! Yep, I put my trust in God.
So if you have a life full of despair and bad decisions, don’t give up and don’t send your money to people you do not even personally know! Find a bible based church, go to the Pastor, and say “I need help!” He/she will take it from there and in one year from now, you will be amazed at your joy filled life!