There is no question that some Christian TV evangelists do some good in the world. But they are also making money on these efforts and Christianity, or God, or god or Jesus is not needed to do good works. The main effort of these Christian ministries is to sell Jesus to those who do not want or need Jesus.
The good that they do is usually related to social, secular benefits for people, usually in undeveloped parts of the world.
On a recent TV evangelistic show, the promoter, i.e. minister along with his wife, (James and Betty Robison) extolled their efforts to dig wells to provide clean potable waters in primitive villages. TV huckster/evangelist Pat Robertson also promotes well digging.
Separately, Robison and crew also note that they are providing shoes for poverty stricken children and funding operations to correct cleft lips and palates in needed parts of the world. That’s great. But there is more.
First of all, the for-profit organization TOMS Shoes created by Blake Mycoskie during a trip to Argentina, has been for the past eight years providing a pair of shoes to a child of poverty for each pair sold.
So far the company has provided tens of thousands of shoes in eight countries, including Rwanda, Ethiopia, Haiti, Argentina and the United States. And the company did it without Jesus. Imagine that!
They have also started other efforts and worked with companies and charities to share profits from a sunglass company to provide eye surgery in places such as Tibet and Nepal.
The Robisons with their TV ministry also do charitable work in the field of correcting cleft lips and palates in other parts of the world in addition to digging wells and providing shoes.
Want to contribute for corrective surgery for a child with a cleft lip or palate? Ask James Robison – it will only cost you $500.00 per child. Send $5,000.00 and you can help ten children. But wait a minute – there might be another, better answer.
Check out Operation Smile (1-888-677-6453) or Smile Train (1-855-611-6811) both of which have been doing such programs and operations for years. Both charge $250.00 per operation. That’s half the price of the same operation from Robison and his TV ministry!
Smile Train just celebrated its 15th year and its one millionth cleft lip/plate operation. The big message here is why contribute $500.00 to help one child with Robison’s Christmas Smiles program when you can help two children for the same amount of money? Or contribute $5,000.00 to help ten children when you can help 20 through the above two non-Christian charities? Why indeed?
Religions and missionary efforts often make a big deal out of providing help to underdeveloped parts of the world. They boast about things such as medical clinics, vaccinations, shoes, wells for potable water, food, employment opportunities, domestic animals for farming activities, etc.
And while it is good to help others under any conditions or when flying any banner, why help those who might have to listen to a Jesus sales pitch to get help when these same needy people can get help from a “real” charity.
Let’s face it – those religious, mostly Christian charities mainly want to sell Jesus to the unsuspecting. Without the Jesus sales pitch that they can offer, I would bet that nothing would be done and no help offered to those of the world most needing it.
Christian charities should be ashamed to be Christian and pushing their fairy tales. Jesus, if a Jesus existed, would be ashamed.