Who should sacrifice to meet urgent needs?

William and Kate

A moment in the royal wedding.

Some of my friends have taken umbrage at the cost of the royal wedding in the face of the recent — and continuing — crisis in Japan. “Why don’t they send even $1 million of what the wedding cost to Japan?” is what I saw on Facebook.

Here’s an alternative: Why don’t we send $1 million of the $4.6 trillion that American Christians will spend in religious bookstores this year on Bibles, religious-themed novels, T-shirts that say “God forgives you and I’m trying,” and thousands of other Christians tschotschkes that may not save anyone’s soul and certainly won’t save anyone’s life.

As we used to say, “You’re the only Bible some people will read.” And I have to wonder: If you’re all decked out like a Jesse tree, will they ever get to the Word?

About Carlene Byron

Writer, editor, publicist, communications project manager ... I've written technology and infrastructure; I used to edit New England Church Life and The New England Christian and I've freelanced to publications ranging from Commonweal to Christianity Today. I'm now living in my hometown in Maine and am speaking about global perspectives on suicide prevention.
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2 Responses to Who should sacrifice to meet urgent needs?

  1. Cecy says:

    Good point, Carlene! Thanks for publishing this: many people may have the same thought cross their mind, but…

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