Part of me wants to give the congregation of Grow to Go Christian Center the benefit of the doubt on this issue and place Devil’s advocate on the matter…. heh heh ..devil’s advocate on a story about a congregation… teee heee…fun-nee. But then the other half of me wants to give myself the absolute side eye for even trying to give folks the benefit of the doubt when i’d be better off doubting their benefits.
For those who haven’t see this, take a look….
I have to ask though… considering most of us spend $25/month on purely frivolous, ridiculous and or things not at all that important, why is it so awful that this congregation wants to organize their efforts to thank someone whom they believe provides them a deeply valuable service? I’m not saying.. I’m just saying. If you can spend $60/month on a video game. $30/month on McDonald’s, $15/week on coffee, why is it to ridiculous for these people to want to spend $25 a month in order to give a gift to their ‘spiritual leader’.
What if this man actually does a lot for his congregation and the community??
You spend $30 a month on cigarettes but it’s foolish for these people to spend the money towards thanking someone they feel has done much for them and or their community?
I’m just saying…..
Man.. I…I just feel dirty even trying to defend this ish… but.. i’m looking at the other side and trying to put it in perspective.
The other side of me is pointing fingers at these folks and shaking my head as I think that this is just another damn problem with blacks and their churches. It causes me to want to get snotty and ask if these same people spending $25/month couldn’t be putting that in a high-yield savings account with ING or some other financial institution for their family or their own end of the year fund. Reading about how they want to give some ‘man of God’ a $70,000 birthday gift just grates my nerves and I can’t help but wonder if that money couldn’t be better spent on ANYTHING other than giving this Pastor the money.
But I have to ask myself: am I saying that with facts and examples, or angry emotions due to my annoyance on how far too many Black folks ‘leave it up to God’ instead taking responsibility for their own accomplishments and failures. Is it my annoyance with organized religion that is clouding my mind? Because clearly my objective frame of mind is putting forth reasonable questions as to why anyone feels they should be upset about this.. myself included.
Sometimes we have to ask ourselves if we are mad as hell at the right thing. I can admit full well that as soon as the topic of Blacks and Churches comes up, I immediately go on the offensive. Immediately. I can admit it 100% that I have a quick fuse on the topic. I know i’m not the only one either. But are we hypocrites when we do that?? I’ll be honest here. I can easily think of $25/month that I spend on things that literally and without question serve no real benefit to my life other than they are a vice. There is nothing beneficial about Wendy’s Burger other than they taste awwwwwwesome..but are terrible for me. Tequila serves NO real purpose other than I love the taste of my Don Julio tequila and I revel in it’s flavour whilst it rots away at my liver. I can clearly lay out at least $25/month spent on somethings of no value or real benefit and I’m pretty sure 90% of you can also.
So… if that is the case… why does this anger us so still? Because even in the face of facts and examples…. this whole things gets a massive side-eye from me…. but do I have that right? Any of us?
if this whole thing also disgusts you, clear your head for 30 seconds… breathe… then come back and discuss….