“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” Jesus says to his disciples at the end of the Gospel of Matthew.
This instruction to evangelize the world is known to many Protestant Christians as “the Great Commission,” and apparently some of them feel they need to be subsidized in this effort.
There’s been a move afoot for awhile for what’s known as “a la carte cable” where one could pay for only those cable channels one wanted to watch, rather than having to pay for entire packages of channels. Sen. John McCain, among others, is pushing legislation that would require cable companies to offer a la carte pricing.
Evangelicals provided much of the initial impetus for this legislation, since they were upset about having to pay for MTV and other channels that they regarded as immoral. But apparently the overlords of ‘Christian’ television see it differently, and believe that if people had the option of not paying for channels like the Trinity Broadcasting Network, they wouldn’t pay for them, which would hinder the spread of the Gospel. So a la carte is bad, they say, and cable consumers should have to pay for Christian programming whether they want to or not:
So there you have it: apparently the work of the Lord needs to be subsidized by nonbelievers for it to succeed.
What I want to know is, where’s their faith in God? Don’t they believe He can move mountains anymore? I would have thought the Alpha and Omega, the Creator of all that is, the Savior of the world, could get His message out without a helping hand from the heathens. Especially when 2 billion people around the world already profess to be Christians.
Is Pat Robertson’s God (the ACLJ is one of Pat’s organizations) losing His mojo? Maybe He needs His batteries recharged.
All I know is that my God is doing just fine, and doesn’t need to strong-arm nonbelievers for money, even if theirs is a bit under the weather these days. Maybe we should send Him a get-well card, c/o Pat, of course.