Creflo Dollar’s higher moral plane

"Creflo Dollar" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Creflo Dollar” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Creflo Dollar has asked for 200,000 people to sow at least $300 to his ministry so he can buy a new jet. He needs sixty million more dollars to reach the estimated cost of sixty-five million.

“We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Your love gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.”

When I first read the story I was shocked. I’m not sure why I get shocked anymore. When I thought about it further, Dollar’s stunt is typical of Christian leadership today, just pushed to the extreme.

Jesus said, “I came not to be served, but to serve.”

In the wake of this bold mission, we see a lot of our leadership today desiring to be served. We are living in a celebrity culture that even many of our spiritual leaders cultivate and enjoy.

Wealthy pastors depend on the donations of the poor. But, let’s put aside the sixty million dollars. It boils down to this: It is abuse. It’s the abuse of power. It preys on the weak to make them stronger.

Those in power often abuse their power. They often feel they live above the ethics of normal people. They enjoy privileges that are reserved for those with authority. They live on a higher moral plane that is seldom understood or questioned by their fans. Their mission is so noble that we wouldn’t dare question the validity of their desires. We witness this across all spheres, not just religious, where leaders are exempt from the common morality expected from their followers.

It is rampant.

This systemic codependency… their rise to power and our complicity in it… will continue as long as we worship power. We seem to require heroes, leaders, kings, celebrities, and models of our fantasies. There will always people willing to step up to fulfill these roles and our fantasies.

Until we break our own fascination with celebrity, until we finally see the self-destructiveness of our celebrity culture, we can fully expect this to perpetuate itself.

He will get his jet because we need him to.

(*** UPDATE: Apparently, the fundraiser page has been pulled after a media backlash!)

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11 Responses

  1. doug says:

    Unfortunately, so true!!!

  2. Tracey says:

    the dudes name is creflo dollar. I’ve always thought it irionic: cre-flow me your dollars ….

  3. Ducatihero says:

    Yes, totally true we do need hero’s. We need the kind of hero’s of faith as Jesus was. Hero’s that serve an love powerfully with a soul force that opposes dark forces in the world. People that are willing to sacrifice and suffer for a a greater good.

    One such person that comes to mind for me Is Dr Martin Luther King. Watching his “I have a dream” speech on you tube recently gave me goosebumps!

    We cannot determine how our leaders act but we can decide whether to support them or not and this is where we have the power to make a difference for good.

    Completely agree with you David about the fascination with celebrity. Therefore it is important when addressing evil that we are first of all attentive to the inherent evil that is in each one of us or at least we are tempted by?

  4. Gherto says:

    Ican never understand why you find it so difficult to except that preachers can accumilate welth. Maybe you should find something to do with your time and you might make a few Dollars yoursef. Sham6

  5. Tom Wilson says:

    This reminds me of the words of the famous former slave Frederick Douglass

    “I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity.”

    Some of the issues are different today, but they are not far off. The problem is that the majority of “Christian Leaders,” using the term loosely, are nothing more than Capitalist businessmen/women. As Carl Marx called them “the Bourgeoisie.” These men promise much, but give only enough to keep the working class feeling powerless and dependent without them. There there bottom line is to gain money and power over others on the backs of working men and women often the working poor who do all the actual work regardless whether their business is religion, commerce, or politics.

  6. JRD says:

    Gherto, because it’s abusing religion and making false promises. I’d really love to see how much Dollar’s “ministry” actually goes to help the poor vs. selling them the delusion of prosperity gospels. I think Jesus’ condemnation against the guy that expanded his warehouse when the poor starved at his gate would generally apply to profit-based preachers. Maybe it would apply to so many of us, but Dollar’s type is so ridiculously brazen in degree.

  7. miche says:

    Wealthy preachers attract people who want to learn the secret to their financial success. If they follow faithfully, they too will be richly rewarded ’cause God wants them to be rich. (tongue definitely in cheek here) Oh, and we can also help those poor people.

    There’s nothing wrong with honestly earning/making money in and of itself. It’s a problem when it’s done using emotional blackmail and in the guise of helping others.

    Some people will do whatever it takes to get whatever they want. They will use all the right words. That’s a problem.

  8. Faith says:

    Creflo Dollar is a total scam and there are plenty of them and always will be, as long as there are those who wish to follow foolishness.

    Tom I have to take issue with you on blaming Capitalism (which I now like to call Free Market). Small businesses fall under Free Markets and have the freedom without governments encroachment to make their own way. Blame government if any for allowing churches to run as businesses under the 501 3c tax exempt status and government intertwining themselves with corporate cronyism.
    Karl Marx was a communist and they were no different in enslaving the people for their own power and elitism.

  9. Will says:

    Churches get about 71 Billion USD a year. That could pay the tuition for 2 million students. Black people make up 13% of the U.S. population so lets say we make up 13% of that 71 Billion that’s 9.23 B. that could send 256,389 black kids to college free of tuition for 4 years($36,000). Man if only if only there was United Negro College fund or something we could give our money to…Oh yea there is they’ve received 3 billion dollars…since 1944. Yep. Just a lil perspective for the next time that collection plate come round.

  10. Frank says:

    It’s not against God’s law or any other law to make an honest living and be rewarded because of your diligence. It’s OK to be week off by any standard. However It’s the one who also gives when they really can’t afford it who exemplifies a Godly person. This idiot wanting a jet might want to consider God’s opinion of those who get too full of themselves. Planes have been known to crash . . . just sayin’

  11. jrd says:

    You remember when Paul had his own trireme and staff to take him everywhere in the Roman Empire?

    No? Huh.

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