A couple months ago, Archbishop Wilton Gregory built a $2.2 million dollar mansion to live in. This has been met with a massive amount of negative feedback since living extravagantly off of your parishioners is not a good reflection of a Christlike behavior. Because of all the flack, and after his meeting with his church councilors, Wilton has decided to sell the home and invest in something smaller.
I am not really sure what possesses the leaders of a faith like Christianity to spend so much money on meaningless things that you can’t take with you, when you have an entire church full of people who are a paycheck away from starvation. And even if you are leading a church entirely full of successful, financially set people – what about the basic call of Christ? To go out and help those in need? Every community has people who need help, and those people are supposed to be our mission.
I am not a Catholic, I am a Baptist – so my knowledge of how Catholics operate is not by any means expert, but from my own standpoint I would think that the leader of the church is supposed to set the example of how the church members should act. So taking the money that people tithe and using it for a home in a size that NO ONE needs is just ridiculous and I can understand why people threw a fit about it.
On the other side though, technically Wilton was given this money as his pay, so he should be able to spend it however he wants. So if that means he wants an insanely expensive home that makes his church members want to give less, then that should be his choice. He shouldn’t be bullied into following the basic principles of his faith and if people don’t like the way he spends his money then they should find a different church. Now it just looks as though this Archbishop is being forced into giving up his extravagant lifestyle, rather than wanting to. We should WANT to live in a manner that pleases the Lord. But what do I know? I will probably never know what spending $2.2 million feels like so it is easy for me to say, “Live like Jesus, give it away!”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
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