Pastors Can’t Be Rich

YOU’RE just chilling when you see a person driving down the street in a sleek luxury car, you hear they’re living in their Trassaco villa this weekend, and they are always sporting the trendiest designer clothes and shoes. Undoubtedly, you want to know who they are and what they did to acquire such wealth. “Oh, she’s a businesswoman,” and that is enough of an explanation for the show of wealth, usually.

This isn’t the case when it comes to men and women of God. Can you imagine seeing all of that and someone saying “oh, he’s a pastor of so-and-so church” as the explanation for the wealth? That wouldn’t go down so well. There will be a plethora of follow-up questions about what it is the church does and doesn’t do and why and how this head pastor is chopping all the money.

For some reason, we attribute being a pastor to living an austere life. Because if your lifestyle isn’t austere, you can’t possibly be true to the word of God. However, if there’s going to be prayer for financial prosperity there’ll be a hoard of people ready to receive God’s blessings. Only the congregation should benefit from financial prosperity, the leaders must remain eternally “humble”.

A friend mentioned that she didn’t always feel comfortable tithing because she wanted to be sure that every pesewa she tithed was going to the right place. She wasn’t sure where it went and who to ask about it. Thankfully, at the church she referred to, there was a financial report that lets the congregation know where the money goes, if there’s a surplus and what it’s being spent on. Not in gruesome detail, but a report akin to one you would find in any well-run business. Now, I’m not saying a church is a business, but it does need money to continue to run.

This notion works well when we have to give money to almost anything else. We’ll occasionally give money to a beggar on the streets, we’ll leave the jaara with the kelewele seller, but in church? Walahi talahi we must see it all. We will itch and make a fuss because our money must not be used to pay a church leader. We forget the church leaders also have families and themselves to take care of. We will praise and worship and dance and sing, but the moment somebody takes a mic to talk about an offering all of a sudden there’s just an uneasy air. Our gripe isn’t usually with the giving of money, somehow it’s with the giving of money at church.

You would think that would be the easiest place to give it up.

I can’t even deny that there are times when I need to tithe and I’m not the most thrilled about it. It almost hurts to feel like that money is just leaving with nothing tangible to get back. I know, I know, heavenly blessings and it’s going to God and all, but it doesn’t make it any easier to just let go of the money. I do it anyway. In the same way you may not always want to go to work but you do because you know you’ll get paid, I give it up because I know it’s going to be beneficial.

Sometimes we wonder why the churches we’re in aren’t flourishing or are unable to upgrade the facilities they have, but won’t be the first to give in to making that change.

It’s okay for a regular business man to be wealthy, it’s even okay for a person to win the lottery and come across a huge sum of money suddenly, but for people who lead a congregation and do God’s work, they cannot have nice things or live in nice places. It’s one thing to have leadership who misuses the funds, but another thing entirely to be giving to the church in the knowledge that it’s going to the right place and being used in the proper way.

In churches where there is good leadership and a correct usage of funds, maybe we ought to re-evaluate our attitude towards giving. If we seek to be wealthy in all aspects of life, would it not hold that the people who help guide us would be wealthy as well? Even a little?

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12 Comments

  1. eli said:

    Hmm,just hmmm,osofo bre ,members kasa

    September 26, 2016
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Omo adjuma y3 tough!

      September 28, 2016
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  2. nanaamathelma said:

    So much truth in here! Lemme add a little twist! God doesn’t NEED your money! Come on, we’re talking about the source of wealth Himself! Why would He need your money? It’s just an opportunity to partner in the Kingdom! The Man of God is also a beneficiary of the Word! If the Word speaks prosperity for the members then it does the same for the Man of God! Simple 🙂

    September 19, 2016
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Yesssh! Tell uss!

      Thank you for stopping by, Nana Ama.

      September 28, 2016
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  3. Felix King said:

    So true! Some people especially Christians are OK when the CEO of some alcohol or tobacco company drives a range rover but the one who preaches and teaches for right living, the one whom they contact for prayers when someone is dying from the abuse of tobacco or alcohol , they want him riding a bicycle. SMH. Well said here. Thanks Ewuraesi!

    September 15, 2016
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Thank you, thank you, felix!

      September 15, 2016
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  4. dela said:

    I’ll pay my bills regarding church. Its not easy. Takes a lot of spiritual maturity to understand these things. Let’s leave the men of God. They will surely answer.

    September 15, 2016
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Haha! Dela, I know it isn’t. It definitely does take a lot of spiritual maturity, I’m hoping it’ll get easier.

      I mean, i think we should be critical of the people of God, but once we know, we should definitely help build them up.

      September 15, 2016
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  5. Amazing Grace said:

    Very well said Ewuraesi!

    September 15, 2016
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Thank you, Grace!

      September 15, 2016
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  6. Aure said:

    Thank dear

    September 15, 2016
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    • Ewuraesi said:

      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

      September 15, 2016
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