I recently wanted to rent a room in a 3 bedroom flat which advertised that they wanted Christians to share with them. I felt encouraged to contact them because I appreciate Christians who live by their faith, but I ran smack bang into a snag – the man wanted over R5500 upfront for a single room! When I asked him about this, he said “money talks”. This is the attitude, I’m afraid of many modern Christians. They have forgotten the core Christian values and adopted secular, capitalistic values. It is atypical to demand two months deposit for a room. Typically, 1 month or half a month or none is asked. And usually people will let you pay it off, but Brett the faux Christian was adamant that he needed the full amount upfront and refused to consider me. I gave him references and explained that I was waiting for money to become available by the 15th of the month, but he wasn’t interested. This Christian is all about the money and nothing else.
Here is the gumtree advert of Brett, the faux Christian.
Jesus had a lot to say about men and their money. He said the rich cannot get into heaven. He told a rich man who wished to follow him to first sell ALL that he had, give it to the poor and then come follow him. He said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven. He said that what you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.
Here is what a modern pastor did to remind his congregation of what is is to be a Christian.
I feel personally challenged by this blog post myself because I have a habit of dismissing the homeless myself. Money is not going to save me, and I have a personal choice to make – I can have my treasure on Earth or I can have it in Heaven, but not both.