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What Can that Money Buy?

February 27, 2014

With the event in Arizona regarding the law their governor vetoed and all the court cases regarding the defense of marriage laws I got to thinking about the cost of all of this. Please let me lay out my assumptions for you first.

My first assumption is the Arizona governor was going to veto that law from the moment it was conceived.

My second assumption is the Supreme Court of the United States will one day, soon I imagine, rule the LGBT community has the same right to marriage as heterosexual couples.

My last assumption is many will be angry with one, or both, of my other two assumptions and others will be quite happy with them.

Now that I have laid out these assumptions I have to ask a question: How much money will be spent making, lobbying, advertising, and defending these laws? I cannot say I have an exact number. I imagine it is a number which is so absurd that I would be raving angry by now. But for now, I will say it must be a small fortune.

Now I will ask a different question: What can that money buy?

According to Blood:Water Mission, it costs $3000 for a new well.

Sponsoring a child through Compassion International costs only $38 a month, or $456 per year.

I can go on and on, but the reality of it is this money could be better used to change the world instead of holding it back from the inevitable. We could build schools and community centers, fund Meals on Wheels, enhance mental health care; we could pour it into suicide prevention. Do I need to go on?

This is the bottom line in my eyes: As Christians, we are not called to do battle in the courts or expect the politicians to enforce Christian morality. In a way, I think Jesus had very little time for those who were looking to do those things. What I did see Jesus doing was reaching out to the hurt and hungry, the widowed and the orphans. He was caring for people at the grass roots level. He made a change one person at a time.

The Church needs to start reflecting on the Jesus they follow. Are we following the counterfeit Jesus or the real Messiah?

What can all that money buy?


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  1. This post cuts straight to the heart of the matter. Truly, Jesus didn’t focus on trying to change people or the world He lived in by attacking the way they did things. He did it by choosing to live a different life in front of them: giving them the opportunity to follow. We’re not promoting or glorifying Jesus by fighting against others. We’re preaching a bigot Jesus and that’s a Jesus that doesn’t exist. We don’t have to agree or even vote for these laws but we can be loving in the way we share our opinions or choose to vote. Great post! (Also, did you hear about the Texas Twitter fiasco? Google it! Quite hilarious really…what’s that verse? A haughty spirit or something…

    • Thanks for the reply. Jesus was always dealing the the religious leaders harshly and caring for the sinners. He did not condone their action (thinking “go and sin no more”) but he lived a loving and compassionate example in front of them. He cared for them.

      Not sure about the Texas Twitter thing. Tried to Google it and the results were endless. Nothing seemed to point to what you were trying to refer to.

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