Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I would be real upset if I lived next door
On Highway 70, not far from here, there is a church that is going to build a new building on an empty field/lot. Right next door, there is a house that is no the market for over $600,000. There are other houses that are in the half million dollar range in the immediate vicinity.
I am all for freedom and especially for freedom of religion. However, it is pretty darn irresponsible of the church leadership to 1. spend the sort of money that they are on a new building. Church is not a building. THE Church is people. I don't care if The Church meets like bears with furniture in a cave. To saddle a congregation with debt for such a purchase and a new building program is man's plan, not necessarily God's. 2. To build a church edifice in the middle of a residential neighborhood such as this is just plain irresponsible and gives the rest of "churchianity" a bad reputation.
If I owned one of the neighboring houses, especially for the price they go for, I would be livid. My property value would go down and the resale would be very difficult. There is one house that has been for sale a few times in the last year. The asking price is, as I said, over $600,000. There have been three or four realtors representing that property over the past year. No wonder they can not sell that house. Who would want to buy that place with a construction site about to open next door? And the view being totally ruined? And heavy traffic in and out of your neighborhood, especially when the road dead ends in your driveway?
Speaking from experience, I know that congregations of the one I assume will be building there that they can be rather loud on Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings, and whenever the choir/praise team has practice.
Sorry, but this is just damn irresponsible. I don't know who the elders of this congregation are, but I hope you read this blog entry. If they do, this next part is for them:
You are irresponsible in that you are squandering the money that sheep are giving to you, and that money was given in the belief that it is "for the work of the Lord". You are fleecing the sheep for your own little kingdom. You are being incredibly irresponsible in that you are inflicting undue and very inappropriate financial harm upon your new neighbors. You are setting yourselves up for an unhappy relationship with those around you and are about to sow strife and animosity towards you, all "in the name of the Lord". Give up your plans for this abomination, find out what the Body of Christ really is, and stop stealing from your parishioners and neighbors.