"Come now you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last day." [James 5:1-3].
If you want to see folks cross their legs and fold their arms over their chest, bring up the subject of money; most particularly, giving money to the church. Their body language tells us they are closing off access to their mind and money.
Two weeks ago before the offering was taken I heard story that has eluded me all these years. It's about a conversation between a 100 dollar bill and a 1 dollar bill. The larger bill is bragging about all the places in the world he has visited; the finest hotels, restaurants; how he has bought the best in clothes, cars, and houses...then the hundred dollar bill pauses and asks the dollar, "Where have you been?" and the dollar says, "Well, mostly I just go to church."
If one thinks these are the last days; if one believes the door of opportunity to work for the Lord is still open, then what? What will we do? What should we do? Maybe we should take the advice of G.Gordon Liddy who can currently be seen on TV hawking gold as the answer for security in these uncertain financial times. Of course, Liddy ends the spiel with, "CALL NOW!"
Tell you what Gordo, gold is not the answer; never has been, never will be. Presuming you want to know what I think I'll tell you what I think: Now is the time to increase giving to the Lord, to the local church, to one's favorite independent ministries, etc., while money is still worth something.
The Apostle James said it all. Go back to the beginning and read it again.
God Bless. e.c.