A CASH-ON-THE-BARREL-HEAD GOD?

Matthew 10:40-42 — Amplified Bible

 “He who receives and welcomes you receives me, and he who receives me receives Him who sent me. He who receives and welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous, honorable, man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones [these who are humble in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water to drink because he is my disciple, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.”

A CASH-ON-THE-BARREL-HEAD GOD

© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

I am not so sure about this:

that what we are about

is to get some kind of reward.

I’m not sure at all.

Prosper theology,

what I call

gimmy theology

Is based upon texts such as this one.

We gotta get our reward.

And if we do the right things,

God’s gunna make us rich.

And yet it is more than all this

do-this-for-God-and-get-rich-quick

stuff.

I believe that prosper theology

as presented

by TV evangelists and various

church-growth promulgators

is wrong to both

preach and to practice.

It is wrong because

Our relationship with God

is not about money

or appeasing a

cash-on-the-barrel-head

God,

but about spiritual growth.

I think we have misunderstood

God’s way of working since the gitgo.

God doesn’t care whether or not

we have full bank accounts.

God doesn’t care if we have nice

cars, houses, bar-b-ques

and take really special vacations

or even whether or not

we are drop-dead-gorgeous.

What God desires

is for us to be godly, kind, nurturing, to all

and especially to those who have less than we do.

God cares about justice,

not wealth,

about relationships,

not winning,

and certainly more

about the state

of our souls

than our bank accounts.

So, how is your soul doing today?

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