New Life Christian Church in Auburn, California attracted some attention by buying gasoline discounts for church members so they can fuel up their cars at $1.99 per gallon. "The idea," said Senior Pastor Bill Jenkins, "is to show God is interested in everyday things that affect people's lives."
Nice idea, right? Not to members of the Church of the Divide in nearby Garden Valley. They objected to the new church's "cheap marketing trick." A sign outside the older church proclaimed, "Jesus cares more about your sin and burning in hell than gas prices." A member of the Divide church dismissed the New Life's church reaching out to the community. "They might hear an ear-tingling sermon of what they want to hear, get some coffee and leave."
How'd that go over? A member of New Life responded, "There are many things to protest in the world, and this is not one of them. It's confusing. Hopefully, we all worship the same God."
So let's track this... a church called "New Life" is attempting something "to reach out to their community." Meanwhile, a church called "Divide" is protesting it.
- "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." (1 Corinthians 1:10)