Everybody and their mama is ready to go at Creflo Dollar's throat right now. I can't pretend I wasn't a little surprised to hear of his request either. I've reserved my thoughts with hopes of getting more understanding... but here they are.
I've never been the guy who's worried about someone else's blessings or against any anyone's prosperity anywhere. From my view, the more the merrier. If God is out here blessing folks around me or not, I'm just glad he's in someone's neighborhood and is able. I'm not the "prosperity gospel is evil" guy either because I believe applying the gospel will ultimately lead to prosperity... but more importantly salvation. I'm definitely not the guy who thinks pastors, preachers, priests or the like should be financially strapped. Poverty is a curse. Let's be real, to do God's work or any work for that matter we all need resources.... and who am I to judge? In fact, lots of pastors have multiple income streams and what they do with their money is none of our business. There's nothing holy about being broke and busted. God gave each of us the ability to get wealth, that's in Deuteronomy...but that's a whole blog by itself. Short story short, If you're winning often I'll be the first to congratulate you.
With all that said, am I mad Creflo needs...or wants a plane? Not one bit. What he asks and believes for is between him and God. Am I confused concerning the way he went about it? Maybe a little. He has an international ministry. From the way I understand it, lots of the mega church pastors have their own planes. A plane isn't a stretch for me. Again I'm not mad at any prosperity.... but lets not pretend the perception of money misuse,extortion, and/or flaunting isn't a major reason church growth is on the decline. To me, this may increase skepticism of an already skeptical generation. In the world today, we need to bring all the people we can to faith. I believe this would solve many issues we have today. We have to be careful in our actions and movements. In a time where online begging is the new panhandling, this move is "interesting" to say the least. Jesus walked and rode a donkey. Here's a little of what was released....
“The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi (his wife) and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace,” Dollar’s website said. “We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality—and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years.”
Plane? Cool. Hey, buy me this plane....eh. We're in a time of crowd funding, go fund me's, and massive entitlement. We're also in a time where the economy is still...eh. Frankly, all of that sits funny with me. I'm not saying he was right or wrong, but it seems we'd expect more from a leader of the people. I understand "we have not because we ask not", but shouldn't we ask God? And if we ask God, don't we believe he'll provide? Or do we have to get provision ourselves? I have the same view of churches who verbally beat on their congregations about tithing, offerings, and such. I won't go as far as to judge or criticize because I have my own issues and haven't built a church, but I will say is I could still use a little more understanding on these topics. My thing is if God said you should have a plane, wouldn't God provide? My true question is do you believe God does the blessing or are you trying to get it out of the people?
These are just my thoughts. Please feel free to share yours as long as you're respectful.