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Televangelist Wants $54M Jet: "Jesus wouldn't be riding a donkey"
The left has spent decades attacking Christianity. Any chance to other believers (see The New Yorker Magazine Describes Chick-fil-A as “Creepily Christian” and New Lecture at George Washington University Teaches “Christian Privilege” and How to Combat it), liberals are on it like Roseanne on a new conspiracy theory. It would be helpful, though, if some Christians didn't make mocking Christians so easy. Like supporting a televangelist asking his flock to pray to God... for a private jet. A fourth private jet.
A prosperity gospel televangelist is asking his followers to "pray about becoming a partner" to his mission of obtaining a $54 million private jet. The Louisiana-based ministry of Jesse Duplantis, 40, has already paid cash for three other private planes, but he says God told him, "I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X."
In a video posted to his website last week, he asked his followers for help funding the aircraft, noting that God told him he should have a jet -- but not pay for it.
Duplantis says the three-engine plane would allow the ministry to fly "anywhere in the world in one stop," reducing fuel costs while maintaining a global reach.
"I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey," Duplantis said in the video. "He'd be in an airplane flying all over the world."
As Proverbs 22 teaches us, Poppin bottles in the ice like a blizzard/When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard/Sippin sizzurp in my ride...
Firstly, as capitalists we're not against people spending their money on things like private jets. As Christians, we naturally think spreading the gospel is a swell idea. The issue is invoking Jesus and suggesting Jesus, who was born in a manger, and who once said "Blessed are the poor in spirit" would tell a preacher to buy a jet. The fourth jet. Then drawing parallels saying "Jesus would travel by plane if He were here right now." Maybe he would travel by plane. Maybe He would travel by boat. Perhaps he'd host a Skype call like a webinar. We don't actually know.
But I'd like to think if Jesus needed a new private jet, He wouldn't ask for donations for the private jet. I'd like to think He'd fund it himself, start an Etsy shop to sell hand-crafted chairs. Floaty sandals. Maybe He'd partner up with a tattoo artist, offer new designs like Mustard Seed Me Bro. Lazarus This Bish. Better yet, maybe Jesus could offer high priced consulting services. Offering self-help seminars like "Water to Wine: How Living Frugally is Rich in Splendor," and "Responsibility 101: How Washing Your Hands of This Won't Spare You." At least that's how I see it.
But saying to His flock "Amen, amen I say to you, hook me up with a shiny new aeroplane" just doesn't jive. Call me a heathen.