Up In Smoke! scandelous?

@Modestah (11188)
United States
March 24, 2007 11:01pm CST
There was a picture in the paper of 3 men standing in front of a fire in a bowl., one man has on vestments, another in dress clothes, and the 3rd man is standing behind a pulpit. The caption under the photo reads ***** baptist Church's $170,000 is burned in ceremonies Sunday. Have you ever heard of such a thing? burning such a great sum of money? If you were one of the congregation that gave your hard earned wages, wouldn't you be offended to see it burned like that? I can't help but think the money was asked for from the pulpit to begin with. Think how many people that $170,000 could have helped. I am wondering if this was a typo in the paper and $170,000 was not really being lit up. It is too confounding!
2 responses
@mamasan34 (6520)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I am truly hoping that was a typo or they burned monopoly money. It sure doesn't sound right but if it is true, which crazier things have happened, I would certainly be very upset that my hard earned money was wasted on such a stupid act as that. That money could have been used to further the ministry or help with a charity or something. That just doesn't sound right!
@Modestah (11188)
• United States
25 Mar 07
It really does not sound right. If what the paper printed was accurate, I would think that such a display is a sinful waste. While it is generally believed that money is the root of all evil, and a persons extreme attachment to it could wind them up burning for an eternity - I can see the symbolic. But, like you said, if it is symbolic, then use symbolic (play) money. I think I will give the church a call and find out what that was about, since there is no story to go with the caption.
@mamasan34 (6520)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Thanks for the best response, I really appreciate it! I still can't believe it even after seeing the picture! It astounds me that this is ok with the members! Wow is all I can say.
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Wow..well one of the possible reasons they could've been doing it could be 'cause of how many other churches use the money thing in a bad way..or maybe it's renouncing worldly things which at times cause curruption and greed -- which the last time I look they considered sins. I'm not offended, if they did it for those reasons..well good for them. At least I can agree with them. I might have a bone to pick if the congregation didn't know what was gonna happen to their money..if they did, then no worries. Though 'changing' money was illegal when I last read into some laws..here in the U.S. at least. Drawing, ripping, burning..etc. If it was on purpose anyway. I'd think that IS a newspaper typo, though.