God Needs a Loan

No, of course not. God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. She isn’t waiting for the next paycheck to come in.

But some souls who really can’t afford it are making a preacher rich by sending him money, believing that God will pay it back with interest.

As Easter approached, the ad ran repeatedly on the Inspiration Network: David Cerullo, clutching a Bible, told viewers they, too, could receive prosperity, physical healing and other blessings God gave the ancient Israelites.

All they had to do, the televangelist said, was send $200 or more.

“Go to your phone,” he said. “Sow your Passover offering and watch God do what he said he would … Call now.”

So who would fall for this? Maybe someone extremely vulnerable…

Rebecca Mills, 54, of north Mississippi, gave about $400 two years ago. Money was tight. But it was a time when she was recovering from breast cancer and trying to get closer to God.

The more she read the Bible, the more she wondered why she’d written those checks: “I could just … tell that what they were saying wasn’t right.”

Unitarians don’t particularly believe in Hell, but if there is a Hell, there must be a special place for con men who prey on poor people when they are sick and alone.

And in a lovely example of taxpayer support for ‘faith-based’ organizations (otherwise know as ‘churches’), even atheists get to contribute to the ‘reverend’ and help expand his reach…

Much of the money sent by people like Mills is now funding the City of Light, a 93-acre campus in northern Lancaster County, S.C., where the network’s plans include a sophisticated training and broadcast center.

Taxpayers are also helping to pay for it. Eager to bring jobs to a county with 19 percent unemployment, South Carolina offered the network incentives worth up to $26 million to land the campus – a deal that has been questioned by economic development experts.

Maybe they didn’t want the voters to think they were Godless, like in that book.

But if you need to have faith in something, I have a deal for you. Comment on Kmareka. If you do, the god Mercury will strap on his winged sandals and wave his caduceus over your blog, causing thousands of hits to appear on your site meter every day. Just believe. Faith is a good thing. Don’t make me call down the wrath of Saturn on your hard drive. Comment today.

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3 responses

  1. Kiersten Marek | Reply

    Amen! Not only is commenting on blogs good for the soul, but I would argue it’s also good for mental well-being and sense of community.

  2. I agree with you there is on minister , I can’t remember his name, he talks in tongs and stuff. I can’t believe he is still on for years and always asking for seed money or whatever that is. I don’t understand. They put con artists in jail all the time for this stuff but these guy’s can get on TV and con people and then get the money tax exempt. I’m a Unitarian also.

  3. I’m from a Unitarian background, though I can’t call myself one, and from deep down in Jebusland at that. I always thought it interesting that what these TV parasites do can be described by two words which sound the same: praying and preying.

    I don’t have a blog for Mercury to bless, but maybe you could get him to do something about a software problem I’ve been fighting with.
    Thanks!

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