I opened up a nice piece of junk mail the other day. It was for a “blessed-by-prayer Bible faith Cross of prosperity.” Now usually I would toss this into the trash but in our present economic condition I was wondering what they said. Their premise was that, according to St. Matthew 18:19 this cross they will send you can be of great spiritual, physical and financial blessings.
Matthew 18:19 reads (NIV)”Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” Yes I know, the theological loophole into God’s ATM.
I am sure that as we head deeper into the recession or as it drags on there will be more stuff like this. More Jesus crap that doesn’t have anything to do with Jesus. It prays on people’s need for stuff and to make life happier through material things. It is pure Prosperity Gospel which once again has nothing really to do with the True Gospel. It is a present wrapped up in Jesus wrapping paper but when you open it you have nothing but empty promises and greed.
But then again people want Jesus to be what they want Jesus to be. They want him to be a giver of the American dream, not salvation. When we do come face to face with Jesus we tend to be the rich young ruler. We run away because instead of getting all we can, we learn Jesus wants us to give it all away.