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Posted: 19 Oct 2010 11:05 AM PDT
Posted: 18 Oct 2010 08:36 PM PDT
When people are in serious trouble and in need of help, should the offering of assistance be coupled with self-promotion? For the people at Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI), the answer is apparently yes.
CCCI runs a $45 million yearly enterprise (2009) called the “Jesus Film Project.” Basically, the project shows a movie, Jesus, to as many people as it can. They claim to have translated the film into over 1,000 languages and shown it in every country on the planet since 1979. Their website also claims that “every four seconds, somewhere in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ after watching the ‘JESUS’ film.” People can stream the film online for free, but can’t legally download it. You can, however, buy the DVD.
When the Chilean miners had been trapped underground for weeks, as a form of “help,” CCCI decided that they would send them copies of the audio version of the movie.
They eventually sent MP3 versions of the movie and portiosn of the Bible to the miners more than a week prior to their rescue,” which was 66 days after they were trapped. This delivery came weeks after CCCI first contacted people 17 days after the ordeal began, trying to get the movie to the miners. Therefore, their “help” arrived well over a month after the initial effort began.
According to CCCI, they were asked to get the miners special t-shirts. Apparently, seeing another opportunity for self-promotion instead of real help, they had 33 T-shirts sent down to the miners as a “gift” that contained a Bible verse on the back, “Gracias Señor” on the front, and an ad for The Jesus Project on one of the sleeves. Many of the miners wore the T-shirt as the emerged from the rescue shaft, which were seen by unknown millions of people around the world.
When looking at the real problems and situations the miners, their families and rescuers actually faced, it is amazing that a group offering self-promotion of a multi-million dollar enterprise as “help” and “gifts” could get away with it. But, apparently they did. If any corporation had done anything similar, the outcry of exploitation and extreme tackiness would be endless.
Instead of offering real help to the miners and/or their families, CCCI decided that it was best to spend weeks pushing to get the audio of their movie and T-shirts promoting it to the miners. Believers need to ask themselves if this is what Jesus would do.
Posted: 18 Oct 2010 06:36 PM PDT
Americans United today filed a formal complaint with the IRS over the action of
“Pastor Brandon has pulled his tax-exempt church into partisan politics in blatant violation of federal law,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This a clear-cut case, and the IRS should act.”
A reporter with the Minnesota Independent attended the service and reported that
But Americans United says
“The leadership of this church knowingly chose to violate the law,”
In a letter to the IRS sent today,