Mega-church pastor Steven Furtick is building a house worth $1.7 million.
Link-->Pastor responds to critics of his $1.7M home | WCNC.com Charlotte
People are critical because it's a Christian, a pastor, and well it seems excessive.
But I got to thinking about excess.
Is excess relative?
We all have necessities and non-necessities in our life.
What decides how many non-necessities you can have?
This pastor seems wrong to many because most people don't have the money to build a $1.7 million house.
But what if this is all about perspective?
Many of us have more than one tv, more than one pair of shoes, maybe more than one of many things we don't need.
But none of that seems out of place, or seems like excess, or seems like too much non-necessity stuff, to most people.
Yet to someone living in a second world country, they may look at our multiple TVs, multiple shoes, multiple fill in the blank, with the same perspective as many do of the $1.7 million dollar pastor.
I don't know if this topic can be remedied with a simple..Thou shall not judge blanket statement. That seems like the easy way out of discussing this topic.
So how do we define excess?
Is there such a thing as excess?
Can pastors have $1.7 houses?
Can Christians have $1.7 houses?
If pastors or Christians can't have mega houses, and mega stuff, then why can Christians have multiple TVs/shoes/computers/ etc?