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Before there was Creflo, there was Jesus Christ: the Original Recipient of Crowd Funding

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It has been pretty well established that if Jesus Christ were alive today, nobody would like or follow that dude. Republicans would be so averse to his teaching that they would have denounced him as a Middle Eastern radical socialist whose only purpose is to serve as drone fodder – but that’s only if he managed to live long enough to escape Mary’s womb. Liberal Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Bill and Melinda Gates would have done their best to convince Mary that the best course for her as an unwed, teen mom would be to abort her baby and pursue a career retailing olive oil. Given how successful Democrats have been in convincing the poor and disenfranchised that the unborn among their ranks have little to no human value, it’s safe to say that there would be no Jesus, no salvation story and no blog to entertain you today. Praise God that His Son lived!

Saints, did you know God is can be relied on to be completely unpredictable? 1 Corinthians says:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

I don’t know why God chose a cowardly stammerer to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt’s bondage (Moses), nor do I know why He chose the architect of a Jewish genocide to later preach salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike (Paul). All I know is, God works in mysterious and wacky ways and those methods don’t always make sense to us Earthlings.

There has been much ado in the last few days about an appeal that Creflo Dollar made to his congregants and ministry partners concerning a jet he needed to purchase. Creflo already has a jet, which was purchased in 1999. He uses it to fly all over the world to preach God’s word and do the work of the ministry and the call he believes he’s meant to accomplish. God called John the Baptist to live in the wild, eat locust and wear camel hair. Believe it or not, John’s lifestyle was just as offensive to the Jews as it rankles many that Creflo Dollar would choose to cruise the planet in a private jet.

I don’t know many Americans who keep anything for 16 consistent years…and before y’all scream “My parents have lived in the same house for 30 years!” ask them if they really want to. They don’t. Even the celebrities we blindly adore that live in mansions cycle out their homes every 3-7 years. Shoot, we don’t even keep cell phones for that long! And when it comes to automotive equipment, we ALL try to upgrade as frequently as possible…sometimes without having the means to do so. (This is bad stewardship of your funds, by the way.) So Creflo has had his jet for 16 years and I’m sure after the demise of Miles Monroe (God rest him), he took a look at his craft and thought it prudent to get a more current model. This sent the world into a tizzy. A veritable fit! Why? Not because Creflo Dollar stole church funds, or asked the government for a grant or bailout, or prostituted kids or charged his congregants a penalty for not adhering church law (I’m looking at YOU Obama, with your healthcare penalties and ridiculous tax policy!), but because he asked for the money. Made an appeal. Didn’t try to swindle anyone ooo! He merely asked the people who support his ministry and believe in his vision anyway to assist him in this way.

Well, what does a pastor need with a jet if he can’t afford one anyway? Well, what did Jesus need with a colt he ain’t buy nor could afford? Remember this story from the book of Matthew?

 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Source: Nairobi Wire

Photo Source: Nairobi Wire

Jesus had his disciples go and jack a dude for his colt AND his donkey because he needed them both to do his work and fulfill a prophecy. That donkey money didn’t come out of his pocket…it was crowd sourced! This looks selfish, self-serving and haughty, does it not? I’m not in Creflo Dollars prayer closet, and I don’t know if the Lord told him to “get thee thine own jet so that thoust may preach my word hastily!” I don’t know and I don’t care. Creflo Dollar wasn’t holding a gun to anyone’s head when he asked for the money, and as far as I know, he also didn’t promise anything in return for the donations. He didn’t promise a blessing, double honor or any of the manipulative language real charlatans employ when they are trying to fleece true believers and gullible people alike.

Am I going to be giving Creflo Dollar any money for his new aircraft? Probably not. My church needs all the pennies I can spare. And although I am not a part of his ministry, I do appreciate the work Creflo Dollar has done in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and several of the other projects he’s sanctioned in the city of Atlanta…and I do hope his partners will not abandon him and help fund this need. I mean that sincerely. Out of ALL the crazy things we put our time and energy into supporting – the Kardashian empire, the Disney juggernaut, the porn industry – it should not be so shocking (or appalling) that a group of men or women who want to support their pastor in this way should be allowed to do so, despite the offense that it might cause YOU.

Locust, anyone? I’m fresh out of tea.


This article has 15 comments

  1. kayglove

    That is an interesting point of view. You do substantiate your points with scripture, but I think its a bit of a reach…

  2. hapygypsy

    You are so stupid it is I guess, it’s own punishnent. Liberals advocate for choice, not mandatory abortion. But don’t let any pesky facts get in the way of your retarded drivel. Go ahead and donate for whomever’s jet, rather than help a poor couple vefore ‘bil and melinda gates abduct and perform an abortion on them. Oh and nice logic: people watch the Kardashians so the antidote to that is the other extreme; donate money to fuel a religious leader’s lavish lifestyle. Can’t wait to read your book.

    • Malaka

      *Sigh*. Here they come.

        • Malaka

          Maaaan. It’s so tiresome. These people who come out of the woodwork like sluggardly insects after a warm rain whenever there is a train of thought contrary to the sheepish one they adhere to. Notice how the first thing this individual did was descend into name calling. That’s the liberal reflex: the name call when they can’t rebut.
          Do you know how many thousands of Black women are pressured into abortions on a daily basis? It’s systematic. They term it “choice” to give the illusion of control. I don’t have time for this hapygypsy thing. He/she/it needs to read a few books.

    • Marshall

      @hapygypsy – Resorting to insults is a weak way to argue. Grow up.

      Family planning, contraceptive abortion, what ever you want to call it, is still you liberals wanting to force population control on the poor people of this country. Listen to your dear Nancy Pelosi and notice the group of people she places in the, “need to reduce costs” group.

      Those people needed to reduce costs are really the Latinos and Blacks that are poor and on government assistance, food-stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.

      Let’s just admit that the liberals are Neo-Eugenicists, shall we? After all Planned Parenthood did get $540.6 Million last year in government funding.

  3. DrSwag

    …I absolutely love your perspective to knotty issues, I love reading you!

  4. AM

    I sincerely pray that he doesn’t get the funding! Tired of these prosperity preachers and their endless excuses to spend hard earned church monies on monetary infused nonsense. Just sooo tired!

    • Malaka

      I understand your frustration, I promise you I do. But from what I understand of fund raising in the church (or at least churches of this size), no one is asking the truly poor to give up their rent so the pastor can buy a jet. Do these people exist? Sure. Are they prosecuted by the government? Absolutely. Creflo and 20 or so other pastors were under government investigation just 4 years ago, if I recall correctly. They were found as having committed no wrong doing. At come point, we as individuals have to make the decision whether to give to a cause we believe in or not and do so responsibly.

      Everyone is acting like Creflo is going into people’s pockets and TAKING their money. He’s not and never has. Lets get some maturity about ourselves and stop acting like we don’t have individual choices. I said this yesterday and someone told me it sounded “victim blamey”. Tsewww. I can’t help if that’s what y’all heard, because it sho ain’t what I said. I’M NOT giving money to buy his jet because I have no incentive to. If his covenant and ministry partners do and want to do so without causing personal loss to themselves, then so be it.

  5. Lynn

    Malaka, I love your blog and often pass your pieces on to friends.The one about David Oyelowo’s wife being wicked, killed me!!! Oh and the one about your edges,they still amuse me!

    My problem with Creflo’s act is the following:
    1.Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a horse,not in a golden carriage so comparison to Creflo who wants the top of the range jet is not the same.Donkey = humility, top of the range jet=comfort and also smacks of pride. Whats wrong with chartering a plane when need be or even flying Business class on commercial airlines?

    2.Yes, people are not being forced to give money but the targeted group is the congregation and partners.People who have a vested interest and who greatly admire the man and live by his prosperity teaching.For those of us removed from that, it is easy to say we will not give, ofcourse we have no vested interest.Thus saying people are individuals and can say no, is ignoring the power that mega church pastors often hold over their congregants.For those that do have a vested interest and sadly those that believe that by sowing a seed they will reap their own riches (even though that thinking is problematic) they will feel the need to give and he knows that.I think as Christians we need to be alive to these issues and not just say people can make up their own minds.

    3.Last, once the $65 million is raised and the jet is acquired, who will pay for maintenance and fuel?Eventually there will be a call for money to provide for those of whom this jet is taking Creflo to preach to.We are often quick to say people should not spend money they do not have, in the same vein I feel Creflo should not desire something he can not pay for himself (he has a whole lot of money) or that he feels God can not bless with him with if he didnt ask people for funds.$65 mill is a whole lot of moola and could feed, clothe, educate and shelter countless people…even in Detroit, no need for Africa:)

    • Malaka

      I’m assuming since he’s had a jet since 1999, he has a plan to pay for maintenance, fuel and hanger fees.
      And horses weren’t cheap in Jesus’ day ooo! I’ve been reading up on the relationship between transportation and access to wealth through out the ages. It would have cost the average person as much as it would to feed a horse as it would his family, so owning horses/donkeys/oxen would not be cheap. Sort of like her fuel and hanger fees. Furthermore, if the prophecy Christ was meant to fulfill said he was to ride through Jerusalem in a chariot, I’m certain he would have miracled one over from Egypt (since they were master chariot builders). Sadly, God’s word said come on a horse. 🙂 God’s word also says go into all the earth and preach the gospel…not just Detroit or Louisiana. I think we should get a list of all the places Creflo has preached in to make sure he’s servicing the American market. (Just thinking out loud here.)

      I’m glad you enjoy the blog! Thanks for reading.

  6. blogoratti

    Interesting read, thanks for sharing!

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