Good news TBN fans, it is telethon season. I don’t have too much to say about TBN as a whole. I don’t know enough about it to really throw my two cents in, but I do know what I saw today. I get caught up in their shows sometimes because it’s hard to look away. I find myself mesmerized by the whiteness of some guy’s hair or how massive some broaches can be and still be attached to clothes. Sometimes I try to guess what I think they will say next. I try to guess how long it will be before they ask for another donation.

Normally, I wouldn’t feel compelled to post a comment about TBN, but today I saw something that I wanted to share. I’m going to try to contain my rant as best as possible. Deep breathes. You too. Deep breathes.

Let me just set the stage for you. It’s filled with people. Those in the fore ground are sitting in chairs or standing on the stage, engaged in the speaker’s words. Those in the background were dancing and jumping around. There was a mix of preaching and singing. The music was great. It was a lot of gospel music. I dig that.

On the screen was the needed information for making that all-important phone call. US and Canada numbers. One for the international callers. Here’s my favorite part. They would flash verses up on the screen to encourage people to give. The one that caught my attention said this:

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. Luke 21:1

I know this verse, and I find myself passing from astonishment to anger. This words that are used to encourage people to “sew into this ministry so they will receive their blessing in full,” are words that are followed by these words:

He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” [Jesus] said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

I would think that if they really wanted to hit home with some people they would flash up the part about giving out of her poverty. I’m sure there are people watching that could resonate with that. I would find some verses that have anything to do with giving up everything. But I would leave out the parts that having to do with not expecting things in return for giving. I would use a lot of verses about people in the old testament times giving to the construction of the temple. For sure. There are a lot of verses about people bringing their gold and silver. It’s too bad that I’ve never been asked to pick out scripture to flash up on a screen during a telethon for TBN.