Is God For Sale?
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He had prepared himself
for a career in marketing and sales. With an M.B.A. from a major
university, he set out to implement the schemes and techniques
he had learned on how to get rich and make a name for himself.
Everyone said he was a "natural
salesman." With the charisma of his personality he could
gain people's confidence, pitch his product and come on hard
with the "closing." He had a natural knack for employing
just the right coercive persuasion without being thought of as
a high-pressure salesman. He seldom lost a sale.
| His product?
Well, it was somewhat difficult to define. He had been variously
identified as an insurance salesman selling eternal fire insurance.
Another explained that he was a real-estate agent selling heavenly
real estate. On another occasion he was introduced as a broker
selling commodities and futures. Many considered him to be selling
memberships for the community social club.
Did it matter? He was a "natural salesman"
with something to sell, making a living off of "sales."
That is just part of the supply and demand of the capitalistic
system, isn't it?
But the question must be
asked, "Is God for sale?"
Religion is often viewed
today as the big-business which offers the God-product. It allegedly
comes in many brands and is operative by many different techniques.
Religious hucksters are
hawking their wares, making outlandish claims for the supernatural
qualities of their product. Promoters pack in the crowds (and
their money) as they sell their latest program and their particular
ideological belief-system. Packaged salvation will be dispensed
for a price.
Why did the Apostle Paul
say, "we are not like many, peddling the word of God"
(II Corinthians 2:17)? Christianity has nothing to do with something
to sell, rather SomeOne to give - the grace of God made available
in His Son, Jesus Christ.