Today I saw two articles that were so familiar. They are about spreading the gospel into the farthest corners of the world.
No matter what TV evangelist you tune into, that same line is used. “Send me a donation so I can save souls from hell in countries X, Y and Z.”
I remember hearing it as a child as I sat in church listening to touring missionaries. I heard it in our farmhouse on late night radio.
The question is, what do donors receive from this money hard-earned money they send the on-air preacher? How many of these personalities have outside accountability for the money given them?
There is nothing so appealing to people as children from other countries who need a better life. That is why we see so many TV evangelists parading children in front of cameras when asking for donations.
Having said this, I know there are denominations which send teachers, food and farming equipment to poor countries. The cost involved in denomination’s distribution systems apparently is less the other agencies. Thus, giving to established denominations is better that giving to TV/radio preachers.
I’ve always wondered which goal was most important to U. S. Christian groups with operations in poor countries. Is it helping people have enough food, medical services and technical help with agriculture? Or, is the main goal spreading the faith?
Unfortunately, a third goal may be most important to TV personalities, making money for the preachers themselves.
P.S. Red River Freethinkers meets tomorrow, Sunday, April 21st, 1 PM, Plains Art Muesum, 704 1st Ave N. (downtown), Fargo.