America's car-culture worship might be reaching new heights, and transcendent ones at that. A church in Snellville, GA has developed a new strategy to tempt newcomers and get butts in pew seats: free gas.
Rusty Newman, the church’s senior pastor said of this congregation-filling promotion: “We don’t know how far it will go with these soaring prices, but it may make someone’s night.” The church set up a sign to alert passing motorists of their offer (a $500 gas raffle — hmm. Sounds familiar. . . ) on a busy road in town and soon after they were inundated with calls. So many that the church had to order a whole new phone line just to keep up.
Pastor Newman looked to the Bible for an endorsement from a higher authority for his gas scheme, and came to believe that Jesus feeding a great many with a few loaves and fish was the answer to his prayers. “If it was just to get people in the building, it would be wrong. But we want to meet someone’s physical need and eternal spiritual needs.”
It's not enough to pray for lower gas prices, now a break on gas is bait to worship? Is this creative clergying or misguiding the flock? Would you stop in and pray for a chance to fill up your tank?