Evidence of the Problem

May 4, 2006 — Leave a comment


I have a really weird sense of humor, so I may be the only person who thinks this is funny, but I was looking at the cover of the latest issue of the Christian Standard and I saw something that made me laugh.

Here it is: http://www.christianstandard.com/

Did you notice what I noticed?

This issue of the Christian Standard covers tithing, capital campaigns, and other important issues associated with giving, so the smaller picture on the cover caught my attention.

At first glance you may see a generic picture of a man giving his offering, but here’s what I saw . . .

  • You can tell that he’s wearing a sport coat. He may be wearing an entire suit, but we can’t tell, so I’ll just focus on the facts. Let’s assume that he’s a middle-class man who prefers to buy his nice clothes at J.C. Penney. That means that he probably paid about $79.99 for that coat.
  • He’s wearing a nice gold ring on the third finger of his left hand. It’s a nice ring–probably too nice for a 20-year-old midwestern middle-class girl to purchase–so it’s probably not his original wedding ring, but a replacement purchased at a later date, but we don’t know that, so we’ll again try to focus on the facts. Assuming that it is his original wedding ring and that the ring is probably 14 K gold and that his fiance (now wife) also purchased that ring at J.C. Penney it is probably worth about $377.06.
  • It’s probably safe to assume that this man lives in North America and most likely in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the median income for non-Hispanic white households in the United States last year was $48,977.
  • A weekly tithe on this amount would be $94.18.
  • So . . . why is this man only putting a $5 bill into the offering plate?!?!

Isn’t that the problem . . . and the reason that everyone should read this week’s issue of the Standard?


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