Is it just me?

Homeless Jesus Sculpture

One of the headlines yesterday: Brooklyn pastor says he and his wife were robbed of more than $1 million in jewelry during an online ceremony.

My honest reaction to it: I hope it was Robin Hood and the money will be given to the poor.

I don’t want to be mean (or meaner than usual) but I can’t help but wonder how a servant of god got that kind of money.

Police say they received a report that three people entered the Leaders of Tomorrow church Sunday with firearms and removed the jewelry pastor Lamor Miller-Whitehead, who goes by Bishop, and his wife was wearing.

Is it ok to swear on Tuesdays? What the fudge! They are walking in the shoes of the fisherman (or should) and are wearing jewelry in the amount of $1 Million dollars? He calls himself “Bishop”. Did he drop a large diamond, slipped on it, and hit his head?

Nobody should be the victim of armed robbery or should be held at gunpoint, so that’s where the joking ends. I am glad nobody was hurt. Still, I am disgusted not just about the crime, but about the amount of money these “holy” men take from their congregation.

35 years, after a long steep climb inside, I stood at the top of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (Vatican) and enjoyed the view over the city. I noticed the tennis court in the Vatican, the expensive cars, the pomp, and the waste. How can you preach but not live by your own rules?

Two hours later I almost got arrested when I took pictures in the Vatican museum, in an area where they don’t like pictures to be taken. Somehow I must have not noticed the red robe and the small barricade that was meant to hinder me from snooping around. I am tall, and I have long legs, it was a no-brainer.

The money they make pretending to have a secret connection to a god is stunning. The willingness of the believers is scary.

Why do people give their money to these hucksters? (Wake up sheep or you will be butchered.)

Did Jesus have $1 million of jewelry under his robe, too?

How is it that a servant of God has a million bling on a person? Perhaps another indication that it’s time to end the tax exemption for religion.

Surely a man of God should be able to find better uses for $1 million. This seems pretty basic to me.

There is so much irony in this story, so much to learn from.

No matter how I toss and turn it in my head. I still root for Robin Hood!

22 thoughts on “Is it just me?

  1. Reminds me of the rich man who wanted to follow Christ but could not give up his resources to do so. He chose his riches over a unique opportunity to follow the Lord while he walked the earth. The Lord said the first shall be last and the last shall be first. I believe this means that if you choose to put the things of this world first you shall be last in the kingdom of God which is coming. I don’t think I’ll be first in God’s Kingdom but I sure don’t want to be last either. Believers should invest their money in the advancement of the gospel but not in the personal wealth of charlatan preachers.

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    • That’s a great fable, we can learn so much of fairy tales and old tales, if we would only listen. I think believers should put their money into good use and live the way the way all gods would want you to live. Share with the poor, do good, spread your wealth with the ones in need. It’s not complicated.

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  2. Wow! I am stunned, one million dollars of jewelry on them? I can see a million in a jewelry box or a total household, but they were wearing it? No words other than disgusting. So much for caring about those less fortunate then you.

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  3. I love this post and I could not agree more.

    I used to work in the Sinai and have traveled a lot to Israel & Egypt. Yes. I did a lot of time in the ‘Holy Land’
    Not holy myself (Been an atheist ever since I learned to read)
    But I respect people of faith, as long as they don’t expect money from me.
    Back Living in my native Texas now where ‘religious’ snake-oil salesmen are abundant–not unlike roaches — they do scatter when you turn on the lights however.

    Cheers

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  4. I heard this news report on the radio, and although it appears I did hear it correctly, I had hoped the 1 million perhaps applied to more than just the one man’s jewelry. I agree with you. That’s a shocking amount of valuable jewelry to own in the first place, but in his position, and in leading others it’s a little obscene. I guess I am being very judgmental here, but I’m just going with my impression

    The statue of the homeless Jesus is incredible. Juxtaposed against the news story it’s really a shocking comparison.

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    • The sculpture of the homeless Jesus is one of six by a Canadian artist, who’s name I cannot recall. When it was placed in a park (I think it was a park) in Chicago, people called the police about a homeless man sleeping on a bench. It went viral real fast.

      Sadly, that’s who we are. We help the homeless, but boy, when they come to close to our lives, that’s when many are bothered.

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  5. And that is one of the reasons why I don’t go to church and I don’t follow these “men of God” though my faith is still strong. ☺️ Just because sinners bring the name of God in their sinful lives it doesn’t mean that that is what He is all about. 🤩

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  6. It is not just you Bridget. I visited Köln Cathedral many times as it is such a beautiful building. However, I was always amazed by the wealth of riches displayed inside. Gold, jewels, artifacts, all worth millions whilst outside there are people living rough on the streets. The same situation is duplicated all round the world, all cities, all religions, all ethnicities, and yet in each you will find homelessness, abject poverty, starving children and adults. In terms of good Christian folk – WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY?

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    • The cathedrals, as beautiful as they are were built on a pile of blood and tears of the poor who work on it for decades, and the locals who paid for it with taxes to the church or the king.

      Did you ever read “The Pillar of the Earth”. It is fiction but gives one a good idea about how it was back then

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    • There is a difference between an individual using money for his personal enjoyment, believers gave to him as representative of a church, and a religious group or church using that money for the religious service including everything necessary for it, such as a building or religious education. Of course, you can argue that it is not necessary to have golden statues, etc.,but f. ə. İn Thailand or Kambodscha, believers themselves are buying gold paper to put on the Buddha statues in the temples.

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      • I do argue that churches don’t need golden statues and preachers or self acclaimed bishops don’t need jewerly. The fear of the gods makes people give, perhaps the more they give the lesser the punishment for their sins will be. Keeping the god happy 🙂

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        • You are right, I guess, there are people who give money or food or gold or jewels as a trade-off for favors in the other world, their motivation being fear, as you say, or rational calculation. (The question is, by the way, if God would ever be willing to agree to such a ‘deal’…) However, there are also people who give and their motivation is not fear or calculation, but reverence and love for God. And there are still others who give and their motivation is insight.

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