After coming home from a run today I checked my mailbox to see if I had anything. What I found was quite a thick envelope with writing all over it. No return address, just a zip code and a prepaid postage sticker. Wasn’t even directly addressed to me, just “Resident of (address).” I wasn’t sure what it was, but there sure was a lot of talk about Jesus of the outside of the envelope. I was just going to toss it but from how bulky it was I was just curious to see what all they crammed in that envelope. So I opened it up and this is what I found:
First was a set of instructions. Basically it told you how to use everything in the packet. They wanted you to fill out a form that gave the church instructions on what you wanted them to pray for. Then you would use a “prayer rug.” Once you prayed, you would put the prayer rug and the form back in the envelope to mail back to them. Prepaid postage, of course.
Here’s the prayer rug:
And now the form. Just check out some of those last fields ” A new car” ” A money Blessing” “Pray to God to bless me with this amount of money” OH, AND DID I FORGET TO MENTION you have to send a monetary donation back with the whole thing or else it won’t’ work.
Here’s the form:
If you see the last item on the list, it reads “Enclosed is my seed gift to God’s work of $_______”
So aside from the instructions, the form, the “rug” ( it was just printed on paper), and the thing to mail it back in. There was also a paper that you were not supposed to open until you sent the rug back ( that was you “blessing”) and one other thing. THE TESTIMONIALS!!! If by now ‘money making scam’ isn’t the first thing running through your head, wait until you see this:
That’s right! Jesus bought you a car. With all the injustice in the world going on today. With children starving, with African warlords abducting children into their secret armies, with all the hate, violence and disease… Jesus bought you a car because you sat on a piece of paper and sent $100.00 to some church in the bible belt. I’m fine with whatever religion you choose, I don’t even care that I have to get your junk mail. But when you feed off gullible people’s wallets in a time when every dollar counts to some families just so you can fund your southern mega churches, that’s where I’m going to have to step in and say that you’re wrong. Just flat out wrong, and immoral.
So, Saint Matthew’s Chruches of Tulsa Oklahoma…This is where I’ll be sending your materials to: