Mom: Our pastor is talking about how important it is that our church become more diverse, more open to other cultures.
My parents love it when churches do this because their biracial marriage screams “Diversity!”, so their church popularity ratings soar when the church gets ethnic-friendly.
Me: That’s great.
Mom: Yeah, and do you know that now there is a whole group of refugees from (foreign place I don’t remember)? One refugee family came, and then the next Sunday there were, like, 4 rows full! At least 50 people were there! It was like they told all their friends how great God is…
Me: Wow. That’s really neat, I wonder why they chose to start going to that church…
Mom: I don’t know, but it was kinda funny… you know how we pass the offering plate down the rows? Well, it passed a refugee man and he started to take money out! The usher had to tell him to put the money back in. It was so funny!
Me: Well, of course they went to church! They went home and told everyone “The big American church is handing out free money!”
Don’t freak out about money. Go to church. They’re giving the stuff away.