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Freedom Through Surrender? The RCL Readings for October 2, 2011; Psalm 19 and Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20:
Then He spoke:
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The entire congregation complained about the direction their pastor and lay leader were "taking" them: "If only we had died in the 50s or 60s when we had plenty of members and offerings, and when we sang the songs of our parents!"
Then the Lord said to the pastor: "I'm going to rain abundance down upon your church. This will test them to see if they follow Me or money."
The next day, the pastor and the leader spoke to the church council: "We have just learned that a rich member who passed away left us $1,000,000 in their will. God heard our whining and has provided." That Sunday, the pastor shared the news of the windfall with the congregation. As they left church later, they saw the Glory of the Lord in a cloud leading them out into the neighborhood.
Over time, a faction wanted to save the money and to earn interest to become a rainbow for a rainy day, while others wanted to spend it. They came to resent the money given to them because of the division it had brought to them, and they were tired of the constant squabbling over it. They complained to the pastor and the leader that there was not enough money to do everything.
Hearing the whine of His people, God continued the test: a second large bequest came their way - there was enough money for each faction to use to fulfill their mission as they saw it. The congregation joyfully took the money and saved it and decorated with it and treasured it. It was proof of how much God loved them!
The anger of the Lord was kindled into a hot flame and the church died out.