Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Blessed Be the Tithe that Binds
We got a letter some time ago from the catholic church of which we are official registered non-attending members. Basically, it said this: Their campaign to increase their members' giving has been successful and their incoming finances are better than expected so please, give more. Yup, that's right they have extra money and they still want even more. I just don't get it. Yesterday, we got two phone calls solicating money for police forces. Two in one day! One was for the local sheriff and the other for the state police. I'm sorry but I thought that was what I paid taxes for but now you want to call my house asking for more? Then there are the weekly calls we get from the vietnam veterans, the lupus foundation and many other organizations asking if we have anything to donate to their cause. They of course take items as donation but don't they think calling every week is a bit obsessive. Oh, and my favorite, the college that my husband attended calls about once a week to ask for "alumni support". Are you kidding? First off, he went to school on-line so he didn't really experience your campus which coincidentally could use many new, improved buildings and lots of other expensive crap. Second, we had to pay the huge price tag for his education. Why would we continue to fork over more cash? Shortly after receiving our well worded begging from St. Down the Street's, we got yet another request in the mail. This time from the regional catholic diocese asking for money for their fundraising campaign. It seems to me that when it comes to these organizations the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing because both hands are open and asking for cash. Working at a church, I type the hymn titles into the weekly bulletin for the parishoners. I always chuckle when I type the hymn "Blessed Be The Tie that Binds". I can't help but think to myself the more appropriate title would be "Blessed Be the Tithe that Binds". Hee hee!