The following article appeared as Dan Yeary’s Column in University Baptist, Coral Gables, Florida.
“William Hamilton of Cold Spring, Kentucky, has a friend who is a farmer. It seems this friendly farmer had been thoroughly taken many times by a certain car dealer in town. Then one day the car dealer informed the farmer that he was ‘looking to buy a cow.’ When he arrived he found that the gleeful farmer had attached the following price information to the cow’s side:
Basic Cow $500.00
Two-Tone Exterior 55.00
Extra Stomach 75.00
Product Storing Compartment 60.00
Hay Cutter 120.00
Four Spigots 50.00
Cowhide Upholstery 130.00
Dual Horns 20.00
Automatic Fly Swatter 38.00
Fertilizer Attachment 185.00
The farmer’s itemized inventory should have made a point with the car dealer. I wonder, if the same idea could be applied to the church? What do you think ‘Basic Church’ really costs? The next time I react to another appeal for support I might do well to itemize what basics and extras that church gives to me.
Basic cow or basic church? The price list is non-negotiable. Whatever the cost, the church is worth more than I could ever pay regardless of my faithfulness.”
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